New Jersey tea Rhamnaceae Ceanothus americanus
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.