Printer Friendly Version Print Plant Details

Oxydendrum arboreum

Also called Sorrel Tree


Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood

Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood

More About Oxydendrum arboreum

  • Irregular habit, both in shrub or tree form, maturing pyramidal
  • White, urn-shaped, flowers droop on one-sided panicles
  • Developing ovaries extend flowering season
  • Flowers lead to dried, brown capsules which persist into the winter
  • Obovate to elliptic leaves are mid-green above and paler below on reddish twigs
  • Gray bark is fissured, ridged and scaly
  • Fall colour is orange to red
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Flower Size: 5 mm

Interesting Notes:

The leaves have a sour taste, hence the common name.

Zone:

5

Height:

8-10 m

Spread:

8-10 m

Colour:

White
You must be logged in to
view availability and prices.
×

Sourwood Growing and Maintenance Tips

An excellent, ornamental, shade tree with brilliant, fall colour, best grown in a slightly acidic soil. Some pruning may be necessary when plants are young to encourage a formal shape.


Oxydendrum arboreum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Tree form
Pyramidal
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Woodland/woods edge
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Oxydendrum arboreum

Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides

Seven-Son Flower