Oxydendrum arboreum (Sorrel Tree)
Also known as: Sour Wood
Native: Eastern North America
Location: Cultivated in parks and gardens, in eastern states and western Europe.
Sometimes rather shrubby in cultivation.
Leaves are alternate, tapered and sometimes hairy on the mid vein and stalk. They are usually finely serrated. They colour bright red in the autumn.
The leaves are rather acid and have been used medicinally as a tonic and diuretic.
Flowers open in August and September, each about 0.6cm long in clusters which may be as much as 25cm long.
No sample available
The fruits are hard, woody bell-shaped capsules about 1.2cm long.