Oxydendrum arboretum (Sourwood)

Sourwood Oxydendrum arboretumOxydendrum arboretum (Sourwood) is a fun, native tree for the landscape!  Sourwood is found in woodlands and along streams of eastern North America and it fits well into our piedmont area gardens.  It’s even small enough to fit well into urban yards.  Sourwood is a fantastic selection for both a prominent place in the landscape or into a natural or woodland garden.  It has both summer and Fall interest.  In Summer, panicles of fragrant, lily-of-the-valley like flowers are beautiful against green foliage.  Trees will grow pyramidal to 30 ft. in height with canoe shaped leaves that turn bright crimson, purple or yellow in fall.  Blooms are also loved by pollinators.  Sourwood flavored honey is delicious – even rivaling the popular clover honey. This specimen is ideal for almost any application!  Plant in full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil.