Sourwood

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Deciduous Tree with Ornamental Features

Sourwood is a deciduous tree with ornamental features. Also known as a Lily of the Valley or Sorrel tree, one would look great planted by your patio or at the edge of a perennial bed.

Your Sourwood tree is an exquisite tree prized for its spring and fall color. Imagine the delicate Lily-of-the-Valley flower. Now visualize those hanging in 8-inch panicles from your tree as spring emerges in your yard.

The dainty white flowers, fragrant and lovely, will bring an understated elegance to your yard. They are the reason this tree is sometimes called the “Lily-of-the-Valley Tree”.

As spring recedes and summer begins, 8-inch glossy green leaves will cover your Sourwood tree. They actually taste sour, inspiring the name “sourwood”. Those same vibrant leaves will put on a dramatic show when autumn arrives and they burst into a brilliant crimson red that is sure to turn every head in the neighborhood.

The grey seed capsules that follow your beautiful spring flowers will now also become evident as an impressive contrast to the scarlet leaves. These will persist on the Sourwood even after leaf drop and provide needed sustenance for your wildlife.

The Sourwood tree grows to about 30 feet in height with a 15 foot spread. It grows straight and true with a narrow crown. The bees love the summer flowers, and their honey is highly prized as superior among some gourmet chefs.

It’s a delightful tree, and will certainly be a beautiful and beneficial addition to your landscape.

* Spring and fall color
* Wildlife appeal
* Also known as Lily-of-the-Valley and Sorrel tree

 

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Sourwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Oxydendrum arboreum
Foliage Green
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Fall Color Red