New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus - Ceanothus intermedius, Ceanothus dillenianus, Ceanothus levigatus, Ceanothus trinervus

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Botanical Name:

Ceanothus americanus







Common Name:

New Jersey Tea

Seeds Per Pound:
2.05 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
2-3 feet
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In Stock: 2.05 lb
  • Ceanothus americanus

Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 21 seeds)
1 gram (~ 250 seeds)
5 gram (~ 1251 seeds)
10 gram (~ 2502 seeds)
1 oz (~ 7094 seeds)
4 oz (~ 28375 seeds)
8 oz (~ 56750 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* New Jersey tea is a compact, dense, rounded shrub which typically grows 2-3' tall (less frequently to 4'). It is native to Missouri where it occurs in prairies, glades, dry open woods and thickets throughout the state (Steyermark). 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. 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. Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute, albeit without caffeine, in American Revolutionary War times, hence the common name.
* White flowers in panicles, midsummer, a handsome shrub with dark green 3" leaves, compact and very adaptable regarding sun and moisture, doesn't mind drought more...
* A refreshing and stimulating tea is made from the dried leaves, it is a good substitute for china tea though it does not contain caffeine. The leaves are gathered when the plant is in full bloom and are dried in the shade. more...
* 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.
* Garden Uses

Shrub borders or native plant gardens. Also effective as a shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas such as dry rocky slopes and banks more...