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New Jersey tea is a small shrub with ornamental, fragrant flowers. Benefits pollinators, drought tolerant.

New Jersey tea is a small shrub with ornamental, fragrant flowers. Benefits pollinators, drought tolerant. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 5 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

Ceanothus americanus is a multi-stemmed, small shrub with ornamental, white fragrant flowers. The shrub tolerates shade and dryness and thick, woody roots help it to withstand periods of drought.

During the American Revolutionary War, the leaves of the shrub were used as a tea substitute, hence the common name New Jersey tea.

The shrub is beneficial to wildlife, providing nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies and seeds for songbirds. 


Height:

2-4 ft

Spread:

3-5 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

4-10

Bloom Color:

White

Ceanothus americanus Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Fragrant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • July
  • June
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CEAM