New Jersey Tea- Native

General Information

New Jersey Tea features a compact, rounded mound of foliage.  Cylindrical, clusters of tiny white flowers grow at the end of the branches in late Spring. This North American, native shrub grows in prairies, glades, and dry open woodlands. Attracts butterflies and birds.  Wonderful plant for a shrub border, or for hard to grow areas like hillsides and dry, rocky slopes.

Additional Information

Ceanothus americanus grows best in Full Sun to Part Shade.   It will grow to be 36-48″ tall with a spread of 36-60″.  Plant in zones 4 to 8. New Jersey Tea is part of the Buckthorn family. During the Revolutionary War, dried leaves were used to make an excellent tea substitute. Root and flower extracts can be used as dye.

Care & Shipping Notes

Plant in average, well drained soil.  The deep roots of this shrub help it to thrive in a variety of soil conditions, but also makes it difficult to transplant.  Will tolerate dry, sandy soil.  Leaf spot and powdery mildew may be problems.  NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.

Additional information


Bloom time






Mature Width 3 to 5 Feet
Mature Height 3 to 4 Feet
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Planting Zone 4 to 8

Planting Zone Map

US Planting Zones


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