New Jersey Tea

A low-growing, compact shrub with broad, ovate deciduous leaves.  Clusters of small white flowers sprout out of the branch tips in late spring. This nitrogen fixing plant has deep woody roots that make transplanting difficult after it is established.  The deep roots make it an ideal candidate for steep or rocky slopes.  Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War which is how it got  its common name. 

Scientific Name: Ceanothus americanus
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Butterfly Host: Mottled Duskywing Moth(Erynnis martialis); Spring Azure Butterfly(Celastrina ladon)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: Bark and roots were used by Native Americans to treat fevers and sore throats.
Fall Foliage: No
Fruit: Small lobed purple to black colored fruits.
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Square Feet Used: 4
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Price: $15.00

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