Ceanothus americanus (Ramanaceae)
New Jersey Tea
A great little deciduous native shrub, growing across the eastern US in woodland glades and forest edges. Throughout the summer, small creamy white flowers bring in butterflies and hummingbirds, and the resulting berries provide food for winter birds. Quickly grows into an attractive, loose mound; nice for a low hedge, or a hot, dry slope. Drought-tolerant once established, and fixes its own nitrogen. New Jersey Tea needs a well-drained soil in sun to bright shade. Used as a tea substitute during the American Revolutionary War.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: summer
Container size: Qt.