Sourwood meaning

sourwo͝od
A small deciduous tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) in the heath family that is native to the eastern United States and has drooping panicles of small white urn-shaped flowers.
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A North American tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) of the heath family, with thick, fissured bark, small, white flowers, grayish fruit, and sour leaves.
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A North American deciduous shrubby tree, of the genus Oxydendrum, having deep fissures in its bark, and sour tasting leaves.
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An Australian tree, of the genus Hibiscus; the sorrel tree.
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Origin of sourwood

  • So called from its sour-tasting leaves

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition