78 Sourwood

Newly planted, very young Sourwood featuring green leaves and white flowers.Facts About Sourwood

Oxydendrum arboreum

Native to: Eastern United States
Crown: Pyramidal with rounded top
Height: 30 - 40 feet
Width: 25 feet
Growth Rate: Slow

Characteristics: Small, white, bell-shaped fragrant flowers in 10" long clusters bloom in June / July. It has brilliant scarlet fall foliage and seed capsules that turn silver gray and hang on into winter. Requires acidic soil and ample water, but it is tolerant of shade.

Negative Features: Doesn't compete well with other plants. Under planting shouldn't be cultivated. Low branching requires regular pruning to develop and maintain an 8'-10' high canopy suitable for street tree use.

Uses: Good for all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector, and residential streets.

Comments: Sourwood grows slowly when it is young. It is an excellent shade tree with very interesting blooms and outstanding fall color.

Engraved stone sign for Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum.
Group of late summer green leaves and white flowers from Sourwood.
Graphic of a golden, smiling sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.