Sourwood tree

Oxydendrum arboreum

This month's featured plant, Sourwood, also called Lily-of-the-Valley Tree, is one of our most ornamental native trees. White, urn-shaped, fragrant flowers appear in June and July, covering the tree like a lacy veil. The glossy dark green leaves turn a dependable brilliant scarlet color in fall. ‌

Size: 25-30' in height, 20' in spread
Hardiness: zone 5-9
Habit: Pyramidal tree with graceful drooping branches
Growth Rate: slow
Culture: acid, moist, well-drained soil; full sun or partial shade but flowering and fall color are maximized in sun

Sourwood tree flowers

White, urn-shaped, fragrant flowers appear on the Sourwood tree in June and July, covering the tree like a lacy veil.

Sourwood bark and leaves

Sourwood bark and leaves. The glossy dark green leaves turn a dependable brilliant scarlet in the autumn.