Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Bloom: June – August
Suggested Uses: New Jersey Tea is a small native shrub that is excellent for gardens and restoration projects. It has showy white flower clusters and deep blueish-colored fruit. This plant is very attractive birds, butterflies and native bees. This nitrogen-fixing shrub does best on sandier, well-drained soils.
Native Range: Native throughout the eastern half and the U.S.
Pollinators: It is an excellent pollinator plant. Pollinators include bees, butterflies and beneficial wasps, flies, beetles and sawflies. It is favored by the federally endangered Rusty patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)! It is a host plant for spring azure, summer azure and mottled duskywing butterflies. It is also a great nectar source for adult butterflies.
Flowers: The 1/5″ flowers have 5 white spreading petals and 5 stamens.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate, toothed, and sharp-veined. They are oblong in shape and have soft hairs on the underside.
Other Uses: The bark is very high in tannin and is used to tan hides.
More information: USDA plant profile