Wordless Wednesday Extra

This is a great tree for fall interest.  The fall color is just spectacular–and it is just coming into peak now.  In late spring (usually June for us) it has the  interesting racemes of flowers whose remains you can see dangling from the tree, providing contrast to the leaves.  And its bark is a lovely grey-ish shade, providing a nice winter interest as well.  Its common name is the Sourwood tree and its botanical is oxydendrum aboreum.  Best of all, it is a native plant, native to the mid-Atlantic states and it thrives in acidic soils.

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday Extra

  1. Laurrie October 26, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    In some years the sourwood leaves turn brilliant red which is a beautiful contrast with the white lily of the valley blooms that persist into fall. This year my young sourwood looks like your photo, very dark mahogany color. But then most of the fall color this year is more muted, or late!

  2. gardendaze October 27, 2011 / 9:01 am

    Yes, the colors are strange this year. Occasionally I’ll see a maple in full glorious red–but most of them are washed out as well. I’ve even see one or two sourwoods as you’ve described–but most look like this.

    And I think after this weekend whatever color we had will be gone–either blown away or frozen off. All well–better luck next year as they say!

    At least we didn’t lose the trees to wind in a hurricane.


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