New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus

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Description:

Compact deciduous shrub 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Blooms May to July with clusters of white flowers. Fragrant and attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Full sun to part shade, dry to moist soils, drought tolerant. Best in sandy loams or rocky soils with good drainage. Dried leaves were used as a caffeine-free tea substitute in the American Revolutionary War!

Plant Overview:

Other Common Names:Redroot
Plant Family:Rhamnaceae
Plant Duration:Perennial
Plant Type:Shrubs/Subshrub
South Jersey Native Range:Pine Barrens Periphery, South Jersey
Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife:Bees, Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Bloom Time:May to July
Global and State Rank:G5, S4
Commercially available landscape plant?Yes
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Loam, Sandy
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist
Soil pH:Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Sun to partial shade
Light Range:Partial Shade, Sun
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist

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