Focal point, Pollinator Plants
20 to 50'
Acidic, organically rich, well-drained.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun
Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) is a small tree or large shrub that can reach 20-30′ in cultivation (50′ in the wild) and grows naturally in well-draining clearings and woodland bluffs, ravines, and hills. It is often used as an ornamental tree in landscaping, usually as a specimen tree or in group plantings. The showy, white, bell-shaped flowers bloom on drooping panicles resembling Lily of the Valley, hence one of the common names Lily of the Valley Tree. Sourwood produces more blooms in full sun, and the nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators. The leaves are dark green in summer but turn a vivid bright scarlet in fall. Pale yellow fruit capsules that appear after blooms are spent contrast well with the fall color and maintain winter interest after leaves drop. The fruit provides food for birds and small mammals. Natural hollows in the tree provide refuge for climbing reptiles and amphibians, bats, and other small wildlife.
We ship from two locations:
Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.
Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.
Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.
We are now shipping for Fall 2023!