Trees and Shrubs forum: Ceanothus americanus L. (New Jersey tea), red osier do

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Jan 17, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Has anyone ever dug up a Ceanothus americanus L. (New Jersey tea)? If so, can you describe extablished root systems of this plant? I am evaluating small shrubs to border the front porch (concrete & stone) but don't want to have the roots undermine the porch.

Originally, I was looking for a replacement for the boxwood hedge. The site gets roasted by the sun in late afternoon (summer), gets lots of winter wind from the river about 11-12 blocks North, is pretty dry, and being near the street (about 18 or so feet), can get some salt spray if we get considerable snows. I am committed to providing benefits to pollinators & birds, and to refrain from using invasive species so that further reduces appropriate species/cultivars.

Your thoughts on this species or even appropriate substitutes are appreciated. Oh, and aesthetically pleasing would also be a desirable characteristic. See? I just want it all! Whistling
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE

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