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Plant Name:

New Jersey Tea

Scientific Name:

Ceanothus americanus


New Jersey Tea is a deciduous shrub with small, white flowers and glossy, dark green leaves.


Dry, sandy soils


Provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including butterflies, bees, and birds.

Growing Conditions:

New Jersey Tea prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained soil.


New Jersey Tea has a history of medicinal use by Native American tribes.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

New Jersey Tea was used as a substitute for black tea during the American Revolution when imported tea became scarce. It is also valued for its ornamental qualities in gardens.

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