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New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea

General Information

New Jersey Tea is a perennial that is easy to grow. New Jersey Tea is a naturally-mounding deciduous shrub.

New Jersey Tea is typically found in open, deciduous woods, woodland edges, oak savannas and meadows. New Jersey Tea prefers medium to dry soils and full sun to part shade.

New Jersey Tea has fragrant clusters of creamy white flowers and blooms in May and June.

Dried New Jersey Tea leaves were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War. Native Americans used the tea to treat respiratory tract infections.

Plant Information

Plant Type:

Deciduous shrub

Sun Preference:

Full Sun * Part Sun

Soil Moisture Preference:

Dry * Medium-Dry * Medium

Plant Height:

2 to 3 feet

Plant Width:

2 to 3 feet

Plant Spacing:

1.5 to 3 feet

Flower Color:


Flower timing:

June and July

Culture Information:

New Jersey Tea is great for erosion control. The best locations to plant New Jersey Tea include shrub borders and native plant gardens. It is also an effective shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas, such as dry rocky slopes and banks.

When first planted, New Jersey Tea should be watered weekly for first few months, unless at least an inch of rain has been received in the last week to help it get established. After it becomes established, New Jersey Tea only needs watering during severe drought, as it tolerates dry soil.

New Jersey Tea is extremely difficult to move/transplant once established.


Fire in the landscape
Black Walnut
Dry Soil
Poor Soil
Urban Conditions

Pests & Disease:

New Jersey Tea typically has no serious insect problems.

New Jersey Tea doesn’t usually have serious disease problems. It is susceptible to leaf spot and powdery mildew, is prone to root rot in wet soils and is prone to canker disease.

Wildlife Use:

New Jersey Tea is a high-value pollinator plant.
Pollinators: New Jersey Tea is a larval host plant for Mottled Duskywing, Spring Azure, and Summer Azure butterflies. Flowers are highly attractive for their nectar to butterflies, bees, moths, predatory wasps and other insects. In addition New Jersey Tea supports the Pseudopanurgu family of specialized bees.

Birds: New Jersey Tea attracts hummingbirds and its seeds are eaten by songbirds.

Mammals: Deer and rabbits WILL EAT this plant.

Other: N/A.

Native to:

East Tennessee including Knox and surrounding counties

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