Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)


Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 3-4 feet
Growth Rate: Slow
Growth Form: Rounded
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Prefers full sun and well-drained, dry soils
Flower: 2-5” panicles of fragrant white flowers
Bloom Period: June – July
Foliage: Alternate, oblong-ovate leaves 3” long and 2” wide. The leaf’s is pale green underside and pubescence give the plant a rough texture.
Fall Color: Cream to tan; insignificant
Fruit Notes: Maroon seed clusters
Quart size pot
Photo credits: Possibility Place and Sharon Yiesla

7 in stock

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Description from Possibility Place: One of a few true prairie shrubs left in Illinois, found almost exclusively in prairie remnants and open savannas. Its white flowers brighten the grassy expanses from late June to early August and can really bring in the pollinators. Needs full sun and well-drained soils to get best results in growth. Wet ground is not recommended. Though not a legume, it does fix nitrogen in nodules in the roots, adding nutrients to the soil. New Jersey Tea can be used as a fine tea, by using the leaves and flowers. In the past, it was also used to make a red dye, which was made by crushing the roots. We recommend that you add wire protection from rabbits and others for the first year.

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