Sourwood Tree
Sourwood Leaf
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Sourwood Tree
Sourwood Leaf
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1268
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1361
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1362
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1363
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1391

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 20-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Sourwood
Oxydendron arboreum
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“Sourwood” isn’t exactly a household name, but if more people knew about this exquisite ornamental tree’s charms, it would be as warmly embraced as Flowering Dogwoods and Japanese Maples. In summer, when most trees are done blooming, Sourwood will grace your yard with gorgeous lacy sprays of small, fragrant white flowers that resemble the blossoms of Blueberries, to which Sourwood is related. In autumn, this showboat will light up your landscape with a display of fiery crimson and orange-red foliage that will rival the fall fireworks of any Maple Tree. Add to that its deeply fissured bark that begs to be touched, and you have a four-season stunner!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 20-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Native from Pennsylvania to Florida and west to Indiana, the Sourwood Tree is a wonderful part of our country’s rich natural heritage. What makes it extra-special is that it is the only species of Sourwood (Oxydendrum) in the world. Gardeners in other countries covet our beautiful Sourwoods, but most Americans don’t even know they exist! This elegant tree can be found at forest edges, in fencerows, on streambanks, and atop gravelly ridges in the Southeast. It is one of the very first trees to turn color in the fall, so you might notice it along roadsides in September when driving there—even at 55 mph.

The Details

Honeybees flock to the fragrant blossoms of Sourwood when they open in late June or early July, when most other trees have no pollen to offer. From their gatherings they make a delectable Sourwood honey that you may be lucky enough to find at roadside stands in the South if you’re there at the right time.

How to Grow

Sourwood is a tad fussy in the landscape, but it can be grown well when given what it needs to flourish. Sourwood is in the same family as Azaleas and Rhododendrons, and it relishes the same things that most of those plants do—acidic soil enriched with compost, regular irrigation, good drainage, and a topping of organic mulch. It also benefits from having access to a rich source of beneficial fungi in the soil, which the Bower & Branch™ Soil Enhancer and Fertilizer Element will supply. Site it in a position in full sun for the best flowering and fall color, although light shade is excellent, too. Disease and insect problems are few.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-30'
Avg Mature Width 10-15'
Spacing 20-30'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Red/Purple
Flower Color Creamy White
Flower Time Late Spring-Early Summer
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Winter
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

4-5' Tall. Grown in our #8 tree container. This trees shower of flowers will encapsulate your landscape audience for years to come.

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Sourwood Tree
Sourwood Leaf
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1268
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1361
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1362
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1363
Sourwood Additional Product Shot 1391