Oxydendrum arboreum (L.) DC.

Sourwood, Sorrel Tree, Lily of the Valley Tree

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Oxydendrum

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: To 30' tall and 15' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves alternate, to 8" long. White flowers like Lily of the Valley in early summer on long racemes. Attract bees and butterflies. Green-yellow seed pods through autumn. Red autumn color. Pyramidal form, drooping branches. Prefers well-drained soil. Difficult to transplant.


Native from Florida to Pennsylvania.

Published in Prodromus (A. P. de Candolle) 7: 701 in 1839. Reference is made to Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 71.

Basionym Andromeda arborea L.

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