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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Ceanothus Americanus / Family: Rhamnaceae
New Jersey Tea, Swink/Wilhelm #6

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FLOWERING: Late June to August.

SEED TIMING: Mid-August to Mid-September.

HABITAT: Dry, open woods and prairie edges.

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 3 feet. A low, slender shrub with tiny white flowers in oval clusters rising from the leaf axils. Flowers borne at the end of new growth. Leaves are alternate, toothed, ovate and downy beneath with 3 prominent veins. The entire plant has a gray-green cast.

TO PICK: The fruit is a 3-chambered berry. As the seed capsules mature, they become dry and black and are easily recognized. Check frequently when the capsules begin to ripen and try to pick them before they split. Snap off entire head and place in a closed paper bag


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