New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn)
This is a low (knee height) shrub that often grows in open sandy woods.
It grows in clumps of several shoots and sometimes covers an area
of a square meter. It is woody, but the tops of the individual
stalks often die off, leaving a two-toned colour (yellowish on the
base, and dark brown on top). The stalks left when the fruit fall
off are also distinctive
The buds of New Jersey-tea are hairy and light-coloured
Winter twig of New Jersey Tea. Notice the change in colouration at the top of the twig
where it dies back slightly.
Lateral bud of New Jersey Tea
Lateral bud and leaf scar
Winter twig of New Jersey Tea. This hard bulbous end is common.
The retained bases where the fruits grew are often retained through the winter and
are typically quite obvious at the top of the plant.
New Jersey Tea tends to grow in small clumps
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