Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea

Plant Type:


Ceanothus americanus – Showy oval inflorescence are packed with tiny white florets. The aggregate of florets balloon atop the simple light green serrated summer leaves on this low-grower. New Jersey Tea is an exceptional draw for butterflies, many species of beneficial pollinators and hummingbirds plus exhibits good deer resistance. Full sun in sandy to moderately good soils Ceanothus americanus is drought and lime tolerant once established and is also nitrogen fixing. You will get better performance in better soil but do note: it requires plenty of sun. Dried leaves steeped will brew a quite good, caffeine-free tea. Amerindians utilized roots and bark to treat sore throats and fevers plus a myriad of other applications. From Texas north to Iowa with all states to the east and north plus Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Established potted shrub from cutting.


24-36 in


24-36 in




(3)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Ceanothus americanus

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Natural Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Edging
  • Shrub Border
  • Medicinal / Herbal
  • Hedge
  • Foundation
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Average
  • Fertile
  • Calcareous


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown