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Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea

Scientific Name:

Ceanothus americanus

Genus:

Ceanothus

Species Epithet:

americanus

Common Name:

New Jersey Tea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Ceanothus americanus var. americanus: Woodland borders, dry woodlands, glade openings, dry ridge forests and woodlands (pine or oak) in the Mountains. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont; uncommon in Coastal Plain.Rare
Ceanothus americanus var. intermedius: Sandhills, dry sandy woodlands and forests, rocky openings around granitic or quartzitic rocks in the Piedmont. Rare in NC Piedmont, common in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Rabbit, elk and deer browse New Jersey tea and turkey and quail eat the fruit. The small flowers attract
numerous insects, especially bees, wasps, flies, and beetles. Butterflies and moths visit the flowers occasionally. These insects collect nectar from the
flowers, although bees may also collect pollen. The caterpillars of the butterfly Celestina neglecta (summer azure) and the skipper Erynnis martialis (Mottled Duskywing) feed on the flowers, flower buds, and fruit of a variety of small woody shrubs including New Jersey tea. https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ceam.pdf

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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