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.