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Oxydendrum arboreum /Sourwood

Oxydendrum arboreum  / Oxydendrum arboreum
Summer flowers hanging below foliage
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Summer flowers hanging below foliage

Lily-of-the-valleylike flowers

Late autumn colored foliage and seed pods

Young tree in full bloom in mid summer

Summer flowers

Seed pods

Typical upright form of the sourwood in full autumn color

Flowers and foliage

Striking autumn colored foliage

Tree in summer foliage and flowers

Close-up image of striking autumn colored foliage

Flowers and foliage

Specimen tree on the edge of a forest

Striking coarse textured colorful foliage

Dense autumn colored foliage

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Scientific Name: Oxydendrum arboreum
Common Name: Sourwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Autumn Color
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Racemes, up to ten inches long, of creamy-white, fragrant flowers cover the tree in early summer. Large leaves on drooping branches are green in summer turn yellow to orange and mostly scarlet in fall. The autumn color is spectacular on this small native tree. Flowers attract butterflies and seeds are eaten by birds.