- Fragrant, white flowers in early summer
- Dazzling fall color turing yellow, red, and purple
- Prefers full sun
- Grows 25' to 30' high with 20' spread
- Zones 5 to 9
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 5 - 9
The Sourwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Sourwood falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
25' - 30' High
The Sourwood grows to be 25' - 30' feet in height.
The Sourwood has a spread of about 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This Sourwood does well in full sun.
The Sourwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
This Sourwood has oval, pyramidal shape.
A medium-sized tree, the Sourwood is often used in landscapes as an ornamental addition to larger trees because of its brilliant fall foliage which is unrivaled for its intense beauty and the showy late-summer flowers. It has few pest or disease problems and is easily treated for the ones it does encounter.
Deer browse sourwood twigs and leaves. Gourmet honey is produced by the many bees that are attracted to the nectar-laden flowers.
A native tree of North America, the sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found in other continents unless planted, and has no related species. The name Sourwood is derived from the acrid taste of its leaves, but tea made from these leaves is widely used by mountain climbers as a thirst-quencher. Pioneers used the sap as one ingredient in a concoction used for treating fevers, the bark for chewing to soothe mouth pains, and leaf tea for treating diarrhea, indigestion and dysentery. But the best known by-product of the Sourwood tree is the hard-to-find and extremely delicious honey produced from the fragrant blossoms by honeybees.
Normal moisture required, and has some drought tolerance.
This tree alternate leaves, simple, elliptic or oblong 4 to 8 inches long. Dark green color in summer, brilliant red in autumn.
White, very noticeable, fragrant, 4 to 10 inches long and wide.
June - early July..
The fruit is oval-shaped and under 1/2 inch in diameter.
Fragrant white flowers bloom in early summer. Leaves are rich green, turning to a vibrant array of yellow, red and purple in fall. Well-known for the hard-to-find and extremely delicious honey produced by the honeybees it attracts. Prefers full sun. Grows to 25'-30', 20' spread. (zones 5-9)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.