Shrub

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea, Redroot

  • Leaves were used as tea substitute during Revolutionary War
  • Easy to grow
  • Drought tolerant
  • Sweet flowers
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Dense, tight form
  • Yellow twigs for winter interest
  • White flowers in late May

This American Beauties native has a storied American history on the east coast as its common name came from the fact that its foliage was used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War. Today, it's just a great shrub that will thrive in a sunny, well-drained location! Four inch long, deep green leaves with hairy, gray reverse tightly pack this branchy plant to form a dense, compact, spreading plant that pushes flower stalks from leaf bases on the upper ends of branches in early May. Tiny white flowers cluster on these stalks in late May filling the garden with sweet fragrance and attracting butterflies and hummingbirds from far and wide. New Jersey Tea is easy to grow and drought resistant… it's tough enough for rough landscape spots but refined enough to use as specimen or border planting in a more formal setting. 

Native
Native
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Fragrant
Fragrant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Partial Sun
Partial Sun
Average Water
Average Water
Dry Soil
Dry Soil
Moist, Well-Drained
Moist, Well-Drained

Characteristics and Attributes