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Oxydendrum arboreum (L.) DC.

Figure 100.—Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
Other common names.—Sorrel tree, sour gum, elk tree.

Habitat and range.—Sourwood is found in woods, Pennsylvania to Indiana and Alabama and Florida.

Description.—This is a smooth-barked tree reaching a maximum height of 60 feet with a trunk 15 inches in diameter. The pointed oblong or elliptic, finely and sharply toothed leaves are from 4 to 6 inches long and 1 to 3 inches wide. The small, white, waxlike flowers, produced in June and July, are borne in long, slender, 1-sided, clustered racemes. The reddish-brown wood is hard and heavy.

Part used.—The leaves.

Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update Friday, April 3, 1998 by aw