The Oxydendrum Arboreum - Sourwood, also called Lily of the Valley Tree or Sorrel Tree, is a native North American tree that is not found on any other continent unless transplanted. The Sourwoods name is derived from the sour taste of the tea created by its leaves, widely used by mountain climbers to quench their thirst.
Drooping stalks of small, deliciously sweet, fragrant, white flowers that resemble lilies-of-the-valley bloom in mid-summer. This tree features red-brown bark with elliptic to oblong finely toothed leaves that are dark green during the summer months and later become intense shades of crimson, purple and yellow in the fall.
Full sun to partial sun.
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Native to North America
White flowers, fragrant