New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus Rhamnaceae

Other names

Wild Snowball, Mountain-Sweet

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, ME South to SC West to TX


Mundy Wildflower Garden, Bald Hill and Caroline Pinnacles, Coy Glen, Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

Companion Plants, Prairie Moon Nursery, Prairie Moon Nursery, Ruth Nix


Low, compact shrub with slender, upright branches reaching 3'-5' in height and as much or more in width. Flowers perfect, white, borne in 1"-2" long corymbose panicles at the ends of the stems in June and July. Fall color tan or yellow.

USDA Hardiness Zone