New Jersey tea Rhamnaceae Ceanothus americanus L. Listen to the Latin symbol: CEAM Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, 2 to 4 inches long, ovate, with a serrate margin, sunken veins, pubescent below.
Flower: White, growing in dense rounded panicles, found in leaf axils, appearing in mid to late summer.
Fruit: Dry rounded capsules with 3 lobes.
Twig: Slender, green to brown, somewhat pubescent, with a large white pith; bundle scars are singular; buds are small and ovoid and may be somewhat pubescent.
Bark: Initially green and later developing shallow splits and turning brown.
Form: A low shrub, up to approximately 3 feet tall.
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Additional Range Information:
Ceanothus americanus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting New Jersey tea.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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