Ceanothus americanus
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 3-4 feet Spread: 3-5 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Dry to medium Flowers: Showy, fragrant flowers Wildlife: Attracts Hummingbirds & Butterflies Bloom Colour: White Tolerates: Dry soil, shallow, rocky soil, drought Culture: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in sandy loams or rocky soils with good drainage. Thick, woody, red roots go deep and help plant withstand droughty conditions, but make established shrubs difficult to transplant. Noteworthy Characteristics: New Jersey tea is a compact, dense, rounded shrub which typically grows 2-3 feet tall. Cylindrical clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers appear on long stalks at the stem ends or upper leaf axils in late spring. Young twigs are noticeably yellow and stand out in winter. Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute, albeit without caffeine, in American Revolutionary War times, hence the common name. Can be used as a cut flower.