Sourwood Tree

Sourwood Tree

Sourwood Tree Facts

Specific Name:   Oxydendrum arboreum
Hardiness Zones:   6 to 9
Growth_Rate:   Slow
Site Requirements:   Sun to partial shade; well drained soil but does well in dry soil
Texture:   Medium
Form:   Pyramidal; slender trunk; drooping branches; narrow crown
Height:   20 to 30
Weight:   10 to 15'
Leaf:   3 to 8" alternate, simple leaves; variable fall color - yellow, red, purple
Flower/Fruit:   Fragrant, lily-of the valley like flowers in summer; greenish yellow seed pods that last into fall
Comments:    Excellent native tree; difficulty to transplant; shallow root system; flowers attract bees and butterflies; seeds for bird
Habit:   Deciduous
Cultivars:   --