Sourwood or “Sorrel Tree” is a deciduous tree that have acidic soil preferences; it typically grows 20-25’ tall with a slender trunk and narrow oblong crown. The gray bark on mature trees is ridged, scaly and fissured. Glossy green leaves are finely toothed (5-8” long) and resemble that of a peach; foliage produces a consistent fall color, typically turning crimson red. The leaves have a sour taste, thus the common name. Waxy, white flowers that are slightly fragrant hang on slender, one-sided terminal panicles that have a Pieris look; blooming in early summer. Flowers are very attractive to bees and Sourwood honey is delicious. Flower stems remains in place as the flowers turn into 5-parted silver-gray, dry seed capsule that ripen in September. The silver capsules have a beautiful contrast against the red fall color, providing interest well into the winter.