Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
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Read more about Sourwood at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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JK Marlow jkm140417_033
April Sevier County TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Bark lustrous gray to brown, deeply furrowed, often with a tinge of red, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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May Polk County NC
The finely serrate, elliptic leaves are distinctive, with a sour taste, per Weakley's Flora (2012).
Patrick D. McMillan pdmoarboreum_brp2
Blue Ridge Parkway
Prized Sourwood honey is derived from these small urn-shaped flowers, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.
JK Marlow jkm0407za_09
July Pickens County SC
Narrowly ovoid fruits stand erect on curved pedicels, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.
JK Marlow jkm180812_3720
August Greenville County SC
Young twigs eventually with relatively conspicuous lenticels, per Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey.
JK Marlow jkm180824_4120
August Greenville County SC
Margins entire or finely and irregularly doubly serrate, per Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey.
JK Marlow s021110_c
November Greenville County SC
The elliptic, finely serrate leaves often start to turn red in late August, per Fall Color & Woodland Harvests.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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5-lobed urceolate corolla
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p069
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p302
- Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers p104
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p209
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p364
- Landscaping with Native Trees p164
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p131
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p112
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p136
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p310
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p138
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p183
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p35
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p247
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p226