The Sourwood is a native tree in East Tennessee. The one that you are viewing at the arboretum was planted in 2017 and is quite small but should grow to 20 ft. or more with a canopy of about the same.!
In East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains it is well known and held in high regard for the honey that is produced. The honey has is light amber with a caramel spice flavor and finishes with a slight twang.
The tree grows well in acidic soil and makes a great companion tree to its cousins the Azalea and Rhododendron.
Courtesy of USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 692.
Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday 2020.04.25 Supporting the TRWA
The Tuckaleechee Garden Club will be participating in the Blount County Garden Club Plant Sale April 25, 2020 at 8:00 am.
Proceeds from the plants and other items sold by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club goes 100% to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum project. Stop by and purchase some plants, garden items and leave a little extra donation to help support the River Walk.
Your plant purchase helps continue the growth and maintenance of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum. Some of the projects that are currently scheduled are: Fencing & Arbors for the Pollinator & Memorial Garden, Gravel for the Entries areas to the River Walk, Rack Cards to help promote the River Walk & Arboretum as well as many other smaller projects around the TRWA. The labor is free but it requires some additional funding to keep up with the purchasing of materials to properly maintain the River Walk & Arboretum. Your contributions by purchasing a plant or making a donation goes a long way to keeping the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum an East TN treasure.