Common Name: New Jersey Tea
- Habit: Shrub
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Average, Dry
- Height: 2-5′
- Flower: White, Apr, May, Jun
- Fruit: Small, lobed purple to black colored fruits.
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge
- Larval host for: Mottled Duskywing Moth (Erynnis martialis); Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon)
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Low-growing, compact shrub with dark green leaves on reddish, woody stems. Clusters of small white flowers sprout from the branch tips in early Summer. Nitrogen fixing plant, tolerates poor soils and drought. Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War.