Sourwood Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Wilmington, DE
Question by aasosienski
March 29, 2000
What would be the best location to plant a Sourwood tree?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2000


Sourwood, or Sorrel Tree, is native to the eastern U.S. and grows slowly to 25', and under the right circumstances can reach 50' in old age. Sourwood needs acid soil, full sunshine, regular water during the growing season, and a site all its own. Sourwood doesn't compete well with other plants, so don't plant it in a lawn or under larger trees. For this reason, don't plant shrubs or perennials directly under the Sourwood, where competition for water and nutrients would stress the tree. Aside from these cautions, Sourwood will provide spring leaf color, summer flowers, and fall leaf color.

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