Ceanothus americanus
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Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

  family rhamnaceae 
  genus ceanothus 

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Genus  Ceanothus Species  americanus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  New Jersey tea Family  RHAMNACEAE Specimen number  S10475 Data source  MedPl p183;Frgnt p119;Xeri p300
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ceanothus americanus has faint sweet flowers. New Jersey tea can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It prefers dry soils. This plant can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   expectorant   antispasmodic   sedative   hypotensive Medicinal parts  Root   Root bark   Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Ceanothus americanus has herbal applications as an astringent, as an expectorant, as an antispasmodic and as a sedative. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. The root together with the root bark and the leaves are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  faint agreeable scent Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ceanothus americanus is a woody perennial. New Jersey tea is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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