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Sorrel Tree

Oxydendrum arboreum

Also known as

Sourwood, Titi, Lily-Of-The-Valley Tree

Oxydendron arboreum JPG1 by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

8m

8m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Sorrel Tree Overview

Oxydendrum arboreum is a shrub species native to North America, it is found in the Appalachian mountains. It is a deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. It produces lance-shaped, serrated leaves and white, bell-shaped flowers. These are carried on graceful, unbranched stems and are followed by small woody seed capsules. Commonly known as sorrel tree or sourwood, this species is cultivated for its brilliant autumn colour and prefers an acid soil in a sheltered position.

Common problems with Sorrel Tree

Generally pest & disease free.

    How to harvest Sorrel Tree

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Sorrel Tree

    Seed

    Cuttings

    Take semi-hardwood cuttings.

    Special features of Sorrel Tree

    Autumn colour

    Other uses of Sorrel Tree

    This low maintenance shrub can be planted as an architectural specimen in a sheltered position in acid soils.

    Deciduous Trees

    Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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