Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Seed and Plants
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Habitat Bloom
Period
Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
Ceanothus americanus, wild new jersey tea picture Sun to Medium Shade May and June white 18 to 36 Dry to Average 18 to 30 Inches Perennial
Shrub

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 Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea 

Ceanothus americanus seeds
New Jersey Tea seeds

approximate
number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet - $2.50

100 25 sq ft

1 ounce - ----

8,500  400 sq ft

1 pound -----------

 136,000 6,400 sq ft

Ceanothus americanus, New Jersey Tea is an attractive small rounded woody shrub and is sometimes called Snowball because of its small plumes of fluffy white flowers that bloom in early to mid-summer. Its versatile showy flowers are attractive in the formal perennial flower bed and the prairie meadow.   New Jersey Tea grows best in well-drained average garden soil with full sun or partial shade but will tolerate dry, harsh conditions.  It is a larval food source for the mottled Dusky-wing, and Spring Azure Butterfly and is a nice addition to the butterfly garden. 

Leaves of New Jersey Tea plants makes excellent tea, and were used as a substitute for black tea during the American Revolution. Prepare the thoroughly dried leaves as you would oriental tea. The taste and color is similar. 

Native Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Seed can be planted outside in the fall/winter for early spring germination.

Uses

Ethnobotanic: Tribes of the Missouri River region used the leaves for tea and burned the roots for fuel on buffalo hunting trips when fuel wood was scarce.  The roots of New Jersey tea were used by the Chippewa for pulmonary troubles and for constipation coupled with shortness of breath and bloating.  The Cherokee held the root tea on an aching tooth to ease the pain and consumed hot root tea for bowel troubles.

Description

General: Buckthorn Family (Rhamnaceae).  New Jersey tea is a native shrub ranging from 2-10 dm tall.  The leaves are broadly oblong-ovate, 5-10 cm long by 2.5-6 cm wide.  The leaves are wedge-shaped, tapering to a point at the base with a blunt tip.  New Jersey tea has a branched, racemose inflorescence (1-4 cm long) with flowers maturing from the bottom upwards.  The flower petals are dipper-shaped, 1-1.5 mm long, and white colored.

 Habitat: New Jersey tea is usually found in the sandy soils of open woodlands and prairies, and on rocky hillsides.

 Adaptation

New Jersey tea is fire-adapted.  It is typically top-killed by fire, but is a prolific re-sprouter from the surviving rootstock.  Where frequent fire occurs, New Jersey tea becomes a dominant species forming clusters among prairie grasses.

Establishment

New Jersey tea is a drought tolerant species that grows best in well-drained soils with full sun.  New Jersey tea is difficult to transplant, therefore propagation by seed is recommended.  Seeds should be planted outside in the late fall or early winter.  To improve seed germination for spring planting the seeds should be submerged in hot water (180 deg. F) and allowed to soak overnight as the water cools then planted outside.

 Pests and Potential Problems

New Jersey tea is susceptible to leaf spot and powdery mildew, however no serious insect or disease problems exist. 

New Jersey Tea is a native woody shrub occurring naturally in prairies, savannas, and limestone glades from Georgia to Texas, north to Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

The map below shows areas where Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Ceanothus americanus
New Jersey Tea

Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina

Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin

State Distributional Map for CEAM

Use the chart below for shipping charges on Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea flower seeds, to order copy the order form or email questions, comments & orders to john@easywildflowers.com
Please email for shipping cost on potted plants

The minimum seed order amount is $10, this can be a combination of different seeds.

subtotal for flower seeds 

shipping charge for seeds

seed orders up to  $20.00    =    $3.00 shipping
$20.01 - $50.00    =    $4.00 shipping
$50.01-$100.00    =    $5.00 shipping

over $100.00    =    5 % of subtotal

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Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.