Sourwood Tree

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The Sourwood tree, also known as the Sorrel tree; is a medium sized tree that grows from 33-66ft tall. It grows as 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. It can be found from Pennsylvania to Flordia. These trees are native to Eastern North America.