Exceptional ornamental with handsome glossy summer foliage. A medium tree that grows to 45 ft., it prefers full sun and an acidic, well-drained soil. Honeybees relish the nectar of the delicate, heather-like blooms, borne on the branch ends like white bouquets in mid-summer. Sourwood honey is a particular delight, so special that it's sold only regionally in the Southeast, and fetches a premium at roadside stands. Oxydendrum in the autumn is a sight for tired eyes, as the foliage shows off rich blends of orange, red and yellow.
With its tree-like form and lack of pest and disease problems, it has a secure place as a specimen tree in the landscape. Hardy and adaptable, it is best planted in full sun. Weaker branches should be thinned occasionally to highlight the strongest branches of its handsome form.