New Jersey Tea features glossy leaves, numerous bright white flowers and a mounding shape that make this compact shrub a popular garden member. The deep tap root makes it very drought tolerant once established. With a slow to moderate growth rate the long-lived plants will mature in 2 to 3 years. New Jersey Tea is attractive to hummingbirds, which eat the tiny insects that pollinate the flowers. It is a deciduous shrub with a woody stem system which supports the next year's growth and blooms on new wood. It can be cut back to the ground in early spring (rejuvenation pruning) to encourage new growth, or it can be left to grow naturally.