I’ve been noticing this little tree on NE 33rd Avenue at the corner of NE Going Street. It’s as though a spotlight shines on it and it never fails to catch my eye as I drive by.
Seems like I have been noticing it for a few weeks at least, which feels like a nice long bloom period.
I stopped this week to take some photos, and the home owner called my attention to the fragrance of the flowers. I was so busy admiring its good looking form and blooms that I had not noticed. He told me this Sourwood started out as a potted tree, but then was moved to the curbside planting strip where it seems to be doing just fine. He says it is slow growing. I learned also from him that the fall foliage color is red, another merit for this sweet tree.
The urn-shape flowers are a clue that this tree is in the heath family, Ericaceae, members which include azalea, rhododendron, madrone, blueberries, to name a few.
On two separate visits to take photos, I noticed bees nestled here and there throughout the tree.
Here’s what Portland Nursery tells us about this tree, Oxydendrum arboreum:
- Prefers summer water and well drained, acid soil
- Hardy to Zone 5
- Native to Eastern US
- Sun to part shade
- Mature height 25 to 30 feet in garden settings
For more Bloom Day fun, head on over to our host at May Dreams Gardens.