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Ships Late November 2022

plant height
At Maturity 25-30'
plant ships
November Through March
plant exposure
Partial - Full Sun
plant zone
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
plant color
Green, Red Fall Foliage
plant category
Trees, Shrubs



Oxydendrum arboreum or the sourwood tree is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to North America with glossy, dark green leaves. In autumn, its foliage ranges from red to reddish-purple or sometimes yellow. The sourwood tree blooms in mid-summer with small, white, drooping flowers that resemble lilies of the valley. Sourwood flowers are long-lasting and may remain even as the foliage changes colors in the fall. 

Where to Plant

 Sourwood plants prefer acidic to alkaline soil. They’re resistant to drought and do well in moist clay, loamy or sandy soil with good drainage. Sourwood trees grow in Zones 5 through 9 and do well in full sun through the partial shade. For the best fall coloration, it should be planted in full sun. 

 The tree is sensitive to root disturbance, pollution, salt, and alkaline soils. It's highly resistant to insect pests as well as disease.

 A mature sourwood tree stands 25' to 30' tall.

It makes a good ornamental tree as a feature in a garden, as a complement to larger trees or in a small cluster in an open area. A slow- to medium-growing plant, the sourwood tree requires little maintenance after planting provided that excess water is drained away from its roots. Plant it near Nyssa sylvatica, the black gum tree, for striking color contrast. 

Sourwood trees attract bees when they’re in bloom during the summer. The honey that bees produce from sourwood nectar is rare but reputed to be delicious. Leaves are acrid and unpalatable to people, although they’re sometimes used as a thirst-quencher by hikers. All year long, deer are attracted to the twigs and leaves. The tree provides shelter for small mammals.

Sourwood liners are shipped bare root from November through April.


Purchased 10 sour wood trees. Price was very fair. 2 of the trees were below average. ( small poor root development.) The roots were packaged in moss and appeared healthy. Several branches were broken due to box size. A bigger box would have resulted in a 5. Take away....if the trees grow its a good value. 8 of the trees were decent. The positives outweigh the negatives. John Gavin
These sourwoods have great roots and healthy looking stalks. Jackie

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