Oxydendrum arboreum
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Oxydendrum arboreum

sorrel tree

  family ericaceae 
  genus oxydendrum 

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Genus  Oxydendrum Species  arboreum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sourwood   sorrel tree Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S11670 Data source  HtZn p149
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  25' - 30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Oxydendrum arboreum has an attractive autumn display of leaves. Sourwood (also known as sorrel tree) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species likes full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  fall color Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Oxydendrum arboreum is a woody perennial. Leaves: Sourwood (locally known in some parts as sorrel tree) has emerge dark green and turn a bright red leaves. Flowers: This plant has urn shaped flower clusters. July is the usual month for flowering. The flowers are typically of a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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