Focal point, Pollinator Plants
2 to 3'
May, June, July
Average, dry to medium, well-drained.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) is a compact, dense, rounded shrub that typically reaches 2-3′ (sometimes 4′) tall with a 5′ spread. It grows naturally in prairies, dry open woods, and thickets. The dried leaves of New Jersey Tea were used as a tea substitute during the American Revolutionary War, hence the common name. The tiny, fragrant, white flowers bloom in dense, rounded clusters of 1-2″, attracting butterflies and other native pollinators. It is the larval host to the Spring Azure Butterfly (shown above) among others. Once the blooms are spent, a variety of birds feed on the seeds. New Jersey Tea is useful as a shrub border or as a shrubby groundcover for difficult areas such as dry, rocky slopes and banks. Its deep roots make it a perfect choice for any area that needs erosion control.
We ship from two locations:
Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.
Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.
Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.
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