Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunPart ShadeFall Color
Oxydendrum arboreum

There is no more stunning small tree in the landscape with narrow form, great foliage and unique summer blooming, drooping, chains of small, white, fragrant flowers that native bees and butterflies cherish!  Stunning fall foliage color completes an awesome package.

White flowers bloom in early summer
Butterflies and native bees love the nectar
Multi-season interest
Outstanding red, fall color

Native Range

Dry, acidic soil areas from the mid-Atlantic to the gulf coast.

Interesting Facts

Children can create a simple bird feeder by attaching a string to a pinecone and coating it with a fatty mixture of 1/2 cup vegetable shortening and 2 1/2 cups of cornmeal or uncooked oatmeal then roll it in birdseed to hang from a tree.


Prefers acidic, moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun.

Mature Size: 25-30ft. Tall x 15-20ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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