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ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea – Mountain Snowbell

Ceanothus americanus - New Jersey Tea - Mountain Snowbell

Commonly known as New Jersey tea or redroot, this deciduous shrub is native to North America. This resilient plant is renowned for its attractive clusters of tiny, fragrant white flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer, creating a visually stunning display. The dark green, serrated leaves provide an appealing contrast, turning vibrant shades of red and purple in the fall. Ceanothus americanus thrives in well-drained soils and is adaptable to various conditions, making it a versatile choice for gardens and landscapes.

As for companion plants, Ceanothus americanus pairs well with species that share similar environmental preferences. Plants like native grasses such as little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) complement the aesthetic appeal of New Jersey tea. Additionally, the shrub can be planted alongside other native wildflowers like butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), creating a harmonious and biodiverse garden. These combinations not only enhance the overall visual appeal but also contribute to a healthier ecosystem by attracting pollinators and supporting local wildlife.

They do not like wet feet which will subject them to root rot.

Height: 3′ – 4′

Width: 3′ – 4′

Watering and soil: Dry, well drained.

Exposure: Full sun.

Varieties: New Jersey Tea

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