Oxydendrum arboreum


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Outstanding Qualities

Sourwood produces a spectacular display of fall color dominated with brilliant reds and oranges. The autumn hues start early and hold well into the fall. Delicate drooping clusters of white flowers bloom in late summer. No serious disease or insect problems are common to this tree.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: red, orange, yellow, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Oxydendrum arboreum thrives in full sun to dappled shade, but its fall colors are brightest with more sun. This tree prefers a well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. Once it is established it will only require occasional watering during dry weather.