$15.00 – $30.00
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)
Ceanothus americanus is a 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. This nitrogen-fixing plant tolerates poor soils and drought. Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War.