General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20 to 50 feet (6-15m)
Plant Spread: 15 to 25 feet (4.6-7.6m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Sourwood
  • Sorrel tree
  • Lily of the Valley Tree

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2018 9:39 PM concerning plant:
    Sourwood grows in upland sites in or around forest from southwest Pennsylvania and southeast Ohio down to northwest Florida into Louisiana up into areas of Kentucky. It grows about 1 foot/year and lives about 150 to 200 years. It has thick, glossy, leathery leaves that turn a good red in autumn. The small, bell-like, slightly fragrant flowers are in curving spikes in July followed by tan capsules in late summer and fall. Its root system has some deep lateral roots so it is somewhat difficult to transplant and is best to move in early spring. It is expensive to buy so that it is used mostly by landscape designers in some professional landscapes, mostly in the South, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast; infrequently in some areas of the Midwest where the soil is definitely acid. It is a beautiful, high quality small to medium tree.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 9, 2012 8:55 AM concerning plant:
    One of my favorite trees here because of its blazing red Autumn leaf color and beautiful flowers in the summertime. It grows best in acidic soil.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 2:19 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar from this plant which produces a light amber honey.
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