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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. Also called sorrel tree.

[So called from its sour-tasting leaves.]
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(Plants) another name for sorrel tree
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sor′rel tree`

a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of the heath family, having leaves with an acid flavor and drooping clusters of white flowers. Also called sourwood.
[1680–90, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sourwood - deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leavessourwood - deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leaves
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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Sourwood and black tupelo, found mainly in the Southeast, are known for their brilliant crimson leaves.
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Occasional native food plants include sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum (L.) DC.; Ericaceae), common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis L.; Rubiaceae), sassafras (Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees; Lauraceae), wax myrtle (Morella cerifera (L.) Small; Myricaceae), ash (Fraxinus spp.; Oleaceae), blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica Marshall; Cornaceae), oak (Quercus spp.; Fagaceae), American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.; Platanaceae), and willow (Salix spp.; Salicaceae) (Worth et al.
H., "Evaluation of physicochemical and antioxidant properties of sourwood and other Malaysian honeys: a comparison with manuka honey, " Chem Cent J, 7, 138(2013)
McGinnes, "Nutritive value of sourwood leaves," The Journal of Wildlife Management, vol.
He plays several banjo numbers throughout the film including "Sail Away," "Laying Steel Ain't No Fun," "Rattler," "Old Joe Clark," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Salt Creek," "Cripple Creek," Sourwood Mountain," and "Good Bye and Fare Thee Well." Walker appears again in Robert Gates' Morris Family Old Time Music Festival (1980) which is also out-of-print, but now accessible via the Alexander Street Press Ethnography Online database.
The tracks are "Bile Them Cabbage", "Skip to My Lou", "Jig Along Home", "Old Molly Hare", "Mole in the Ground", "Groundhog", "Ain't Gonna Rain", "Buckeye Jim", "Deep Woods Revival", "Animal Fair", "Crosseyed Gopher", "Grizzly Bear", "Sourwood Mountain", and "The Bullfrog".
Sourwood honey must have 10,000 pollen grains per 10 grams of honey, and clover honey should have 60,000 to 80,000.
Savannah Bee Company, Savannah, Ga., offers raw, natural specialty honeys - including Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Sourwood, Acacia and the extraordinary Tupelo.
"Sourwood Mountain." G major; [D.sub.4]-[G.sub.5]; Tess: M-mH; 2/4, Allegro = ([quarter note] = 108); V/M, P/M; 5[flat] pages.