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Sourwood
Oxydendrum arboreum

This deciduous tree is native to eastern North America. The trees grow 10-20 m tall and have spirally-arranged leaves with serrated margins. These leaves can be chewed to promote salivation when the mouth is dry. The genus name Oxydendrum means “sour tree” and this, along with the common name, refers to the acidic taste of the foliage.

Habitat:Upland forests.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 15 m.
Bloom Time:Mid-summer.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL AR FL GA IL IN KY LA MD MS NC NY OH PA RI SC TN VA WV
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