The Oxydendrum Arboreum
is commonly known as Lily-of-the-valley-tree
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Sourwood grows in upland forests of the southeastern United States. It
is found from southern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, to southeastern
Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida. It also grows in the
mountainous regions of Kentucky and Tennessee and along the Atlantic
Coast from North Carolina to Virginia. The main range of sourwood lies
between 30 and 40 degrees N. and 75 and 92 degrees W. Sourwood reaches
its largest size on the western slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains in
The currently accepted scientific name for sourwood is Oxydendrum
arboreum (L.) DC. [21
]. Oxydendrum is a monotypic genus [15
are no recognized subspecies, varieties, or forms.
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1992. Oxydendrum arboreum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.