Sourwood Tree

Sourwood Tree

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November Through April
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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.

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  • 5
    Quality of tree at arrival

    Posted by R. Sparks on Mar 04, 2022

    We were pleased with the sourwood trees we order. They were well branched and had good roots. We’re hoping to establish a sourwood forest for our honeybees and are looking forward to next spring’s ordering opportunity.

  • 4

    Posted by Greg Foster on Jan 23, 2022

    This tree fascinates me as it blooms in full swing. I did a quick order of this variety since it makes my lawn glow in white. Thanks TN nursery.

  • 5

    Posted by Lyla Grees on Dec 09, 2020

    It was packed very well and shipped quickly it turned bright red in fall I love it.

  • 5
    Beautiful Healthy Trees

    Posted by Blake on Dec 09, 2020

    They have the most vibrant colors I love mine

  • 4
    Sourwood trees

    Posted by James Roscher on Nov 24, 2020

    Great looking when finally received. Took USPS 5 days to transport them. Got the trees planted and looking forward to seeing the leaves busting out in spring.

  • 5
    Sourwood Tree

    Posted by Arnold on Nov 24, 2020

    Nicely packaged. Nice quality trees as described. I called and spoke with them before making the purchase and they were knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 5
    Sourwood Trees

    Posted by Vic on Nov 05, 2020

    Received in great shape. Didn't seem to be in fully dormant state; still had green leaves. Planted quickly. Hoping for great growth next Spring.

  • 5
    Sourwood trees

    Posted by Wayne H.Hammond on Nov 05, 2020

    Trees arrived in good shape.

  • 5
    Sourwood tree

    Posted by Peggy Simmons on Aug 26, 2019

    Looks great in my yard! Very pleased with this plant.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April