Coffee grown under the natural shade of canopy trees preserves forest and animal (particularly bird) habitat. Hummingbirds, swallows, warblers, orioles, tanagers and other native and migratory birds find a safe haven in the remaining forests of shade coffee plantations.

Wildlife Facts
Common Name:
Coffee Tree
Scientific Name:
Coffea arabica
Tropical Africa
  • White
  • Birds
  • Hummingbirds
Fun Facts:
  • Asian fairy-bluebirds eat the fruit of this tree.
  • Coffee is one of the world's most consumed drinks.
  • Arabica coffee plantations can be planted under the shade of forest trees.
  • Shade-grown coffee benefits wildlife, especially birds. (Look for shade-grown coffee in your grocery store.)
Plant Type:
  • Evergreen
  • Tree
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Hardiness Zones

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

USDA Hardiness Zones

10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

10b (35 °F to 40 °F)

11a (40 °F to 45 °F)

11b (45 °F to 50 °F)

12a (50 °F to 55 °F)

12b (55 °F to 60 °F)