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Plant Details

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea

Scientific Name:

Ceanothus americanus

Common Name:

New Jersey Tea

Plant Family

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

3

Light:

Part-Sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

May - June

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

Ceanothus americanus var. americanus: Woodland borders, dry woodlands, glade openings, dry ridge forests and woodlands (pine or oak) in the Mountains. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont; uncommon in Coastal Plain.Rare
Ceanothus americanus var. intermedius: Sandhills, dry sandy woodlands and forests, rocky openings around granitic or quartzitic rocks in the Piedmont. Rare in NC Piedmont, common in Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Rabbit, elk and deer browse New Jersey tea and turkey and quail eat the fruit. The small flowers attract
numerous insects, especially bees, wasps, flies, and beetles. Butterflies and moths visit the flowers occasionally. These insects collect nectar from the
flowers, although bees may also collect pollen. The caterpillars of the butterfly Celestina neglecta (summer azure) and the skipper Erynnis martialis (Mottled Duskywing) feed on the flowers, flower buds, and fruit of a variety of small woody shrubs including New Jersey tea. https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ceam.pdf

Plant

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Blooms

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

More Blooms

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Fruit

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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