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NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

Posted by jrcagle z7 MD (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 2, 10 at 18:46

Hi all,

Does anyone have experience with New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)? I have three of them, and they seem really slow to grow.


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RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

Hi Jeff,
I bought very small plant at a native plant sale back in 2008. Two years later, it has grown quite a lot. It isn't a huge plant, but I'd say it's 2 feet across and 2 feet high. I love the white blooms. Got lots of seed from it this season.~~Angie

RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

I had one, but it didn't survive. So far, you are doing better than I am.

Jeff, How old are your plants and where do you have them planted?

Gosh, Fine Gardening says they only have a 5-10 year life span.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ceanothus americanus (Mountain sweet, New Jersey tea, Redroot, Wild snowball)

RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

Jeff, I've had one for two years, and it's only about 18 inches tall. I'd say a very slow grower! I got one of the Marie Bleu variety--has blue flowers, and it has grown to about 24 inches in one year. It is really healthier looking than the white flowering one.

I started seeds of the white flowering variety this past spring. The plants are about 5 inches tall. Hope to put some more out next spring.

This has been one of those plants that has taken me quite a lot of effort to really get some going. I lost a few before any of them took off.


RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

I have one started from seed two years ago - it's 10" tall. I have two others planted bare-root this spring - they're a bit larger. But certainly not 36", the advertised full-grown height.

Thanks for your experiences. It gives me some perspective.


RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

What is the bloom time on it? And, where did you get your blue flowering one, Sandy?


RE: NJ Tea -- a slow grower?

Mine blooms early in the Spring Susan. I think it's in bloom when my Forsythia is. You are welcome to some seed if you'd like some.

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