* Leaves narrow to egg-shaped, with a sour taste, 3-5" long.
* Flowers and fruits heath-like; Flowers creamy white, in one-sided clusters,
* Fruits clusters of small dry capsules, 5-parted, splitting open when
* Bark dark, furrowed.
* Twigs hairless.
* Height: 20-50'.
* Flowers June - July.
* Fruits most of the year.
* Habitat: Fertile, rich woodlands.
* Range: New Jersey south to Florida and west to Illinois; elsewhere
* Native to North America, but cultivated in Wellesley's arboretum!
* Sourwood trees are very popular as ornamental specimens. In autumn
they are at their most spectacular, when their leaves turn an elegant
crimson. Because of their delicate white flowers, they are sometimes
called Lily-of-the-Valley trees.
* Bees love sourwood flowers, feeding on them extensively and
producing Sourwood honey, which is popular in the southern United