Friday, January 14, 2011

Bahama Coffee

Bahama Coffee is a native shrub that I have never seen sold outside of native nurseries, but it has shown to be a hardy and robust plant ideal for low hedges.  It is full and well shaped and grows incredibly well.  We used Bahama Coffee as a low shrub lining our walkway from the driveway to the front porch. It is on the east side of the house so receives strong sun in the early hours but enjoys shade from the house in the afternoon. It has become one of my favorite plants in my garden and is a great alternative to more common shrubs like boxwood, ixora, or jasmine. They also seem cold tolerant; despite brief cold spells with freezing temperatures for the last two winters, they have not suffered.

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