New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

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New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

New Jersey Tea is a fairly common small shrub usually found in colonies on dry, sunny slopes.

The leaves are distinctively ribbed with three prominent veins.

Flowers about to open.

Granville Co., NC 5/16/09.

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

The white flowers in late spring are attractive to bees and butterflies. This photo shows a Silver-spotted Skipper) nectaring. New Jersey Tea is also the host plant for larvae of the Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis), a butterfly.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Carroll Co., Virginia 6/30/2002.

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

The flowers grow in tightly clustered panicles.

Carroll Co., VA 7/3/06.

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

Detail of a single flower.

Carroll Co., VA 7/3/06.

More information:
Virginia Tech Dendrology

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