Psychotria sulzneri, Psychotria tenuifolia, Dull Wild Coffee, Velvet-leaved Wild Coffee

Psychotria sulzneri, Psychotria tenuifolia

Dull Wild Coffee, Velvet-leaved Wild Coffee
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: West Indies
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliage

Psychotria sulzneri (Dull Wild Coffee) grows 5-10 feet tall and has green and glossy oval leaves that are lightly toothed at their edges.

In spring, the flowers are white and many of them form in clusters at the tips of the branches. The flowers are followed by small, attractively-colored, red fruit that make this plant a wildlife favorite, especially among birds.

This plant is especially appreciated for its eye-catching foliage that looks great in pots or as ornamental edging along pathways or flower beds in USDA Zones 9 to 11, as long as it is provided with plenty of semi-shade or full sun and regular to moderate water. The Psychotria sulzneri should be grown in well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter to which sand has been added, to ensure that it thrives in a pot or directly in the ground.

In colder regions, you can still grow the Psychotria sulzneri in a pot. Just move the pot to a sheltered area of the garden for the winter, where it will not be subjected to freezing temperatures. During the growing season, water the plant regularly, but moderate the amount as much as possible to avoid leaving the roots soggy. Fertilize the shrub once or twice a year.

Psychotria sulzneri is a beautiful and versatile plant that will bring a touch of exotic beauty to any garden setting. Thanks to its attractive foliage and ornamental flowers and fruit, it is an excellent choice to add beauty, lushness and a sense of the wild to your garden.

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