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New Jersey Tea Bush (Ceanothus americanus)

New Jersey Tea Bush (Ceanothus americanus)

A deciduous shrub that grows just 3' tall and is compact and rounded by nature.  The dried leaves of New Jersey Tea make a flavorful tea that was popular during the Revolutionary War.  Deep tree-like roots of this shrub make it drought-tolerant but difficult to move once established so choose your spot wisely.  Light preference is full or part sun and medium-dry soil.  Deer and rabbits do like this shrub, especially when it is young so protect new transplants in the early years. The beautiful white flowers attract many pollinators. New Jersey Tea is one of the host plants of the Spring Azure.


Zone: 4 to 8 

Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet 

Spread: 3.00 to 5.00 feet 

Bloom Time: May to July 

Sun: Full sun to part shade 

Water: Dry to medium 

Maintenance: Low 

Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut 



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