Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) is a highly ornamental small tree in the same family as rhododendron and azaleas. Sourwood tolerates drought once established and prefers sun to part shade. It prefers moist to moderately dry soil.
It flowers in weeping, creamy white panicles at the end of the twigs in summer. The urn-shaped flowers resemble those of blueberry. It bears dark, glossy green leaves that become brilliant scarlet and burgundy in fall.
When planted in the open, it will reach about 15 to 25 feet. When planted among larger trees, it will reach upward for the light.
It is a good source of nectar for bees in mid summer and sourwood honey is said to be delectable. Place it as a specimen in your lawn, or within a wooded border. We offer sourwood trees in several sizes, all are in containers and easily transported by most vehicles.
Photo Credit for photo of Sourwood in bloom: “07-20120812_Riverview_OxydendrumArboreum” (CC BY 2.0) by wlcutler
Photo Credit for photo of fall color Sourwood: “20121025_Alma4th_OxydendrumArboreum_Cutl” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by wlcutler