Common Name(s): Sourwood
Scientific Name: Oxydendrum arboreum
Distribution: Southeastern United States
Tree Size: 30-65 ft (10-20 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 38 lbs/ft3 (610 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .50, .61
Janka Hardness: 940 lbf (4,180 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 11,600 lbf/in2 (80.0 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,540,000 lbf/in2 (10.62 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,190 lbf/in2 (42.7 MPa)
Shrinkage:Radial: 6.3%, Tangential: 8.9%, Volumetric: 15.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.4
Color/Appearance: No data available.
Grain/Texture: No data available.
Endgrain: No data available.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: Sourwood has a faint scent while being worked that is vaguely reminiscent of potatoes.
Pricing/Availability: No data available.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: No data available.
Comments: No data available.
Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Mike Leigher for providing the wood sample of this wood species.