Dincher & Dincher Tree Surgeons

Featured Tree

Featured Tree

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum)

This species is unsurpassed for ornamental value. Classified as a small species, it can reach 30-35 feet in height but is narrow maybe to 20 feet wide. The small size makes it a good choice for a small space. Sourwood needs acidic soil and thrives in combination with Oaks, Rhododendron, Azaleas, and Hollies. Flowering occurs in late summer and persists for several weeks.

The flowers resemble Lily of the Valley, and are borne on the terminal ends of branches. This tree blooms when most other flowering trees are long done. Fall color is a striking scarlet red. There are no major pests for this tree as long as soil acidity is maintained. The species also prefers partial shade, and does not hold up well as a street tree. Planting should be reserved for mulched areas such as shrub borders and other planting beds.