Oxydendrum arboreum


$ 14.95

Item #: 1416
Pot Size: full quart

Plant Description

Watch out Dogwoods, 'cause Sourwoods are going to give you a run for your money! Why? Sourwoods are medium sized trees growing 25 to 30 feet tall in cultivation with a pronounced conical shape. They are long-lived, slow growers in acidic, well-drained, organic soils in sun or shade. Leaves are long-pointed and rich shiny green but come fall, the foliage turns red, yellow, or purple but mostly deep burgundy with some shocking pink. This goes on for 2 or more months. And the flowers start appearing in mid-summer amongst the dark green leaves. Four to 10 inch long, drooping clusters of tiny, bell-shaped, white flowers become so plentiful that they weigh down the branches so the upper third of the tree looks like it has been strung with garlands of white popcorn. Flowering persists on into the fall and looks lovely against the dark red foliage. Do you think we like Sourwood? Sourwood should be used as a specimen tree in full sun where its colors will really develop.



Good Fall Color

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moderately moist


full quart


36 or taller




Flower Color


Bloom Time

Mid summer, Early fall,

Late summer




5, 6, 7, 8, 9