TREE: Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Fall foliage of Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood)

Fall foliage of Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) in the Sunny Demonstration Garden.
Photo © 2015 Elaine Mills


Though native to parts of the Mid-Atlantic Region,* Sourwood is more common in the South, including Virginia’s southern half. In residential landscapes, this decorative tree offers year-round appeal: lily-of-the-valley-like flowers, breathtakingly brilliant fall foliage, persistent fruit capsules and reddish color twigs.

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