Arabian coffee

Coffea arabica | Also known as: Arabica coffee, Coffee | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

While not an obvious choice of garden plant, coffea arabica is a tender, lush plant that is not short of charm. Its dark green foliage is made up of leathery, glossy lance-shaped leaves from a slender, grey woody stem. In spring, it produces small white fragrant blossoms with five linear petals and a flurry of long thin stamens, growing in small clusters on the stems. In autumn, these flowers are replaced by clusters of small, round berries, which ripen to a rich red shade. Commonly known as the Arabian coffee plant, it thrives in moist but well-drained acidic soil, preferably in full sun. Use loam-based compost when growing under glass, and water regularly.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4.5
Spread [m]
  • 3.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • layering
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Rounded
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z10-11
Heat zone
  • unknown
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -1 - 4
Heat days
  • 0
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years