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New Jersey Tea   

Ceanothus americanus

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New Jersey Tea is part of the Ceanothus genus and its scientific name is Ceanothus americanus.

Deciduous shrub that flowers during the summer has small clusters of pale flowers, round, dry seed capsules, thin, pink-red bark maturing to brown, and a reddish root with brown root bark. The caffeine free leaves offer the nearest North American flavor equivalent to Asian tea and were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War.2

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   White. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Dark green

A type of flowering herb, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.96 feet (1.22 metres).

New Jersey Tea is a great plant to attract butterflies and birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where New Jersey Tea originates from.

New Jersey Tea is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about New Jersey Tea have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow New Jersey Tea

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

New Jersey Tea likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 4 - Zone 8 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

See our list of companion Plants for New Jersey Tea to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing New Jersey Tea from seed

Transplanting New Jersey Tea

Deep roots make it difficult to transplant.1

How long does New Jersey Tea take to grow?

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New Jersey Tea Etymology

Leaves can be used as a non-caffeinated tea substitute.1

The botanical epithet is from the Latin canus meaning “hoary-white”
The botanical epithet is from the Latin icanus meaning “white-hoary”

New Jersey Tea Folklore & Trivia

Used as a tea substitute during the American Revolutionary War.1

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1 Missouri Botanical Garden

2 Herbs Book – Lesley Bremness Copyright 1994

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