Native Plant Database

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New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Glade, Prairie, Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:

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Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Hummingbird, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar, Food/Pollinators
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
48
inches

Spread:

24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Shrub borders or background plant in border or native garden. Also effective as a shrubby ground cover in difficult areas such as rocky slopes. Roots fix nitrogen.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in light, well-drained soil. Tolerates dry conditions and rocky soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible, Fragrant
Basic Description

A low-growing, compact shrub that’s excellent for hot, dry sites. Billows of delicate white flowers form at the end of young branches in May and June. Clusters of small black fruit form in July and August. Was a substitute for tea during the American revolution. Dried (caffeine free) leaves when boiled a few minutes make a tea similar to Lipton’s regular.

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