Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood

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Full SunFall ColorButterfly Friendly
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Sourwood
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.

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

Native Range

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

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

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.

GROWING TIPS

 

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

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