Sourwood Tree



March April



Sourwood Tree

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Sourwood Tree



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Sourwood Tree

Sourwood Tree: Oxydendrum arboreum, or the sourwood tree, is a deciduous native to the southeastern hardwood forests of the United States.

The sourwood tree is a smaller species, reaching a maximum height of twenty to thirty feet. TN Nursery recommends the sourwood tree to customers who wish for a tree that will look great without overshadowing the entire yard.

You might also hear gardeners refer to Oxydendrum arboreum by these alternative common names:

  • Sorrel tree
  • Lily of the valley tree

How to Use the Sourwood Tree in Your Landscape

TN Nursery customers put the sourwood tree to work in these types of spaces:

  • Pollinator garden or butterfly garden: Sourwood tree attracts bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects that spread pollen.
  • Urban garden or park: Sourwood trees can add lovely color in urban or suburban applications without becoming overly large in small spots.
  • Native species garden: This tree is a beautiful specimen if you want to show off North American plants.
  • Landscape tree: Add color to an otherwise empty yard with the beautiful sourwood tree.
  • Beekeeping: Beekeepers often express interest in this tree, as the bees use the sourwood tree's nectar to produce rich honey.

Sourwood Tree Might be a Small Tree, But It Has a Big, Beautiful Presence

The sourwood tree trunk is slender, approximately eight to twelve inches in diameter, which is well-proportioned when considering the shorter height. The bark is dark gray with attractive light scaling.

Sourwood tree leaves are dark green, slightly glossy, and shaped like an elongated oval. The leaf has a slightly toothy edge. In the autumn, they generally turn crimson, burgundy, or purple. The essential oils of the leaves are sour tasting, lending the tree its common name.

Sourwood tree flowers are a creamy white color and bell-shaped. They are similar to lily of the valley flowers, providing an alternate common name. The flowers droop from the stem and have a pleasant, sweet fragrance. They bloom during mid-summer.

Order Your Sourwood Tree From TN Nursery Today

The sourwood tree is lovely and will only overshadow a little space. It's perfect for a small yard or as a tree to create a small shade garden. Order yours from TN Nursery today.

Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Margaret Rich

So far so good! No leaves yet. Keeping it watered.

Thank you for sharing your 5-star review, Margaret. We are grateful for your kind words.

kenneth harjo

Bare-root arrived in good condition, as expected. Thank you.

Christie Smith
Arrived quickly

The plants arrived quickly, well packaged and healthy.

Thanks for the 5-star review, Christie. You made our day! We look forward to making your day again real soon.

Bee keeper
Bare root sourwood trees

Shipped out the next day even though the website said they wouldn’t ship till February. Arrived in excellent condition with good roots. Very happy with my purchase.

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! These are the stories that keep us so motivated to continue doing what we are doing, and we are so happy to hear that you had a great experience. Let us know if we can do anything else for you.

Mark Chilluffo

Impressed with the quality and packaging of these tree. Will def buy more products from TNNursery