Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood tree)

Height: 30 feet
Spread: 15-25 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Average to moist soil.
Description: U.S. native: check. Traffic-stopping fall color: check. Fragrant flowers: check. Decorative seedheads: check. Graceful habit: check. This tree has it all! Native to the eastern U.S., sourwood (named for the taste of its leaves) is equally at home as a specimen or nestled along the edge of a woodland. Distinctive canoe-shaped leaves are a glossy green during the growing season, turning to flame-red in fall. Sprays of delicate, white, urn-shaped flowers appear in mid- to late-summer. Seedheads persist into the winter long after the foliage has dropped.


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