Sourwood – Oxydendrum arboreum


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2 Gallon

A pyramidal tree with drooping branches, a very handsome tree.  Long regarded as a tree of the South, well known for its fine honey.  Surprisingly, this is a a zone 5 tree, possibly zone 4, that does well in Michigan and other Northern states.  Sourwood has a reputation of being very difficult to establish, but if they are started from a pot-grown tree they have done very well for us  Use them as a mass planting or as an ornamental tree. Blooms in July-August on 4-10″ panicles which bloom for 3-4 weeks. Good fall color. In personal communications with Southern bee keepers, it is generally agreed that Sourwood produces best if grown on well-drained, calcareous soil, where it can produce a mono-floral honey that brings a premium price.  It is often called the best honey in America.

Flower Color: White
Zones: 5-9
Growth Habit: Tree
Height: 25-30′
Spread: 20′ Light
Needs: Sun to shade
Flowering Season: July
Landscape Value: 5 of 5
Naturalizing Value: 3 of 5
Pollen Value: 2 of 5
Nectar Value: 4 of 5
Water Requirements: Well drained, medium water
Native: Yes
Invasive: No