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Sourwood Tree, Oxydendrum Arboreum is a Fragrant Flowering Deciduous

Sourwood trees can grow up to a height of between 20 and 25 feet tall, though it has grown up to 60 feet in height. It has very fragrant flowers that are white, bell-shaped, and start blooming in the summer months. The tree leaves are a glossy green color and turn bright red in the fall. The tree requires total exposure to the sun and grows best in well-drained soils that are acidic and moist. It grows in planting zones 5 through 9, and the roots grow in shallow soil best when there are few other roots around. It can tolerate some shade but cannot tolerate any form of drought or pollution.

Sourwood, Oxydendrum Arboreum a Medium-Sized Grower with a Showy Fall Foliage

The Sourwood tree, also known as the Sorrel tree, is a medium-sized tree that grows from 33-66ft tall. It grows like a pyramid or narrow oval shape at a slow rate. Most of these trees can live for 100-200yrs. The pointed, oval-shaped leaves are dark green in the summer and turn red, purple, or yellow in the fall. It is usually one of the first trees to change colors in the fall. The leaves have a sour taste. Fragrant white flowers bloom from June to early July. The blooms resemble lily-of-the-valley flowers, slender, drooping one-sided flowers with seed pods that last into fall. Small wooden fruit capsules hang from the tree in winter; The branches droop toward the ground. The flowers from these trees are attractive to honey-producing bees. The tree's bark is grayish-brown, red-toned, rough, and furrowed. The Sourwood grows in slightly acidic, loamy-moist, sandy, and clay soils. It requires regular watering but can survive moderate drought; It can adapt to sun or shade. This tree grows in hardiness zones 5-9, found from Pennsylvania to Flordia. These trees are native to Eastern North America.

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The plant's botanical name is Oxydendrum arboreum. The sourwood, sometimes known as the sorrel tree, is the only member of the genus Oxydendrum, which belongs to the Ericaceae family. It is found throughout eastern North America, across southern Pennsylvania to northwestern Florida, and westward to southern Illinois. The sourwood is most prevalent in the Appalachian Mountains' lower range. The tree is commonly seen in oak-heath forests.So many birds and small mammals take food from their fruit. So, if you are looking for a high-quality sourwood tree, we can be your trusted source. You can buy it for the beautiful foliage and flower colors. Also, it provides shade when fully grown. 

Sourwood is a small evergreen tree or large bush that can reach a height of 33–66 feet and has a trunk diameter of approximately 20 inches. This plant can grow to lengths of 30 meters and a width of 60 cm on particularly fruitful locations. The evergreen leaves are regularly arranged, 3.1–7.9 inches long and 1.6–3.5 inches wide. They are bright green in the summertime but turn vibrant crimson in the fall. It has bell-shaped white flowers 6–9 mm (1/4 to 1/3 inch) long.

Cream-white flowers appear in June and July. They have short pedicels and are downy. Their calyx is continuous and five-parted, with valvate lobes in the buds. The five-toothed corolla is oblong shaped, constricted at the throat, with cream-white. The corolla has ten stamens. The pedicels are curved, and the fruit is a capsule, soft, five-valved, five-angled, and capped mostly by persistent style.

The bark is rough, severely wrinkled, and grey with a reddish hue. Its wood is in reddish brownish hue with paler sapwood which is heavy, durable, and close-grained, and it polishes well. Branchlets are bright yellow-green initially but eventually turn reddish-brown. Fall buds are axillary, small, dark crimson, and partially buried in the bark. When springtime growth begins, internal scales enlarge. 

The foliage emerges revolute, golden green and shiny, silky from the buds. They are bright green, lustrous above, and light and glaucous beneath when fully grown. They turn a beautiful scarlet color in the fall. Stipules are absent from the petioles, which are long and slender. Sourwood Trees contain a lot of acids.

This species is a hardy decorative tree in the north that looks great in lawns and parks. It's attractive because of its late-blooming, and its autumnal coloration is very lovely and vivid. The leaves are academically charged and have the firmness of peach leaves to a certain extent. The leaves are excellent for relieving constipation; It is well-known for its nectar as well as the honey it produces. Sourwood jelly is made from the juice of its blossoms. The Cherokee and the Catawba utilized the shoots to produce arrow shafts.

Best Time to Harvest: June-July

Light: Full sun

Water: Drought tolerant when established

Zone: 5-9

Height at Maturity: 33-36 feet

Sun Exposure: Partial shade in full sun

Ship as: Bareroot


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Latin Name- Oxydendron Arboreum Hardy Planting Zone-5-9 Mature Height- 25-30 ft Width-20' ft Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
Planting Zones 5-9
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