Coffee and Gravileas Trees Along with Bougainvillea Bushes

Bugainvilleas, Gravileas and Coffee Trees

This photo is needed to clarify a confusion about the coffee trees and their height. Nathalie from Sydney DP asked if coffee trees grow very tall in La Antigua Guatemala, while referring to this photograph which showed coffee trees and their shadow makers the gravilea trees around Antigua, San Pedro Las Huertas to be precise. I posted a Close-up photo of coffee plantation before to show the coffee bushes (tree could be considered an exaggeration) and the shadow trees known here a gravileas. So, to answer Nathalie’s questions, coffee trees (ed. bushes) do not grow very high; they can be harvest by Guatemalan farm workers on foot.

I believe the photo above can show better the difference between the coffee plants (short bushes) the shadow-making gravileas (tall trees). As a bonus you get some bougainvillea bushes which are used as live fences. I am sure Pamela from Tenerife DP would love this hedgerow.

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  • I’m still confused.. Are coffee trees the ones with the red flowers? I’ve never seen a coffee tree blossom.

  • No, no Green. The bushes with flowers on the fence are bougainvillea trees, the coffee trees are small bushes on the other side of the fence. Coffee trees have tiny white flowers when they blossom.

  • Very interesting post and photograph. I didn’t know about the shadow trees before. I read some of your earlier posts and enjoyed those too.

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  • Nathalie in Sydney

    Rudy, is there any way you could make your website to remember my details ? I always have to fill in my email address and website every time I visit and I find this so cumbersome I sometimes don’t leave a post because of that.

    Thanks for the clarification re coffee plants. I had seen some in Costa Rica and they were definitely quite low so I was surprised by what I thought were tall trees. Cheers!

  • Love the bougainvillea! They are so small here in my area — only house plants. But love them all the same. 🙂

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