Definition of sourwood in English:



  • A North American tree of the heath family with sour-tasting leaves. Most common in the southeastern US, it has drooping clusters of white bell-like flowers in early summer and bright red foliage in autumn.

    Also called sorrel tree

    Oxydendrum arboreum, family Ericaceae

    ‘Eighty new trees will be planted, Kousa dogwood, Eastern redbud, downy serviceberry, sourwood, Yoshino cherry, and tulip poplar among them.’
    • ‘I had gone to Hoyt to see a sourwood tree, which I was told I would find on the Wildwood Trail.’
    • ‘Associated species were pignut and mockernut, hickories, black gum, red maple, sassafras, sourwood, and white ash.’
    • ‘Sugar maples, red maples, dogwood, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood can be brilliant red or yellow.’
    • ‘Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica Marshall.), red maple, and sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum (L.) DC.) occupied the subcanopy, and mountain laurel dominated the understory.’



/ˈsou(ə)rˌwo͝od/ /ˈsaʊ(ə)rˌwʊd/