During June and July this low-growing, rounded shrub is a cloud of white flowers. New Jersey tea is used in masses for best effect, as a tall ground cover, or on steep slopes. While the flowers are remarkable on their own, it is also nectar source and a caterpillar and larva host, attracting an array of beautiful butterflies.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Buckthorn
- Family (botanic) Rhamnaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial, Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, Sandy soil, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought, Road salt
- Season of interest early summer, midsummer
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Mounded, Round
- Growth rate Moderate, Slow