Ceonothus americanus

New Jersey Tea

Categories: Shrubs

New Jersey tea is a compact, dense, rounded shrub which typically grows 2-3' tall (less frequently to 4').  Cylindrical clusters (1-2" long) of tiny, fragrant, white flowers (1/8") appear on long stalks at the stem ends or upper leaf axils in late spring.

More About Ceonothus americanus

  • Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute, albeit without caffeine, in American Revolutionary War times, hence the comNo serious insect or disease problems.mon name
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Toothed, broad-ovate, medium to dark green leaves (to 4" long) are gray and hairy below. Young twigs are noticeably yellow and stand out in winter.  Thick, woody, red roots go deep and help plant withstand droughty conditions, but make established shrubs difficult to transplant.

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3-4 ft


2-4 ft

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Ceonothus americanus Characteristics


  • Small / Miniature
  • Specimen
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Mass Plant
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Salt Tolerant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • White


  • Rounded
  • Mounding