Definition of sorrel tree in US English:

sorrel tree


  • another term for sourwood
    • ‘I have never seen the sorrel tree growing wild in New England; it is found quite commonly in the rich woods of Pennsylvania, and is distributed westward as far as Indiana and central Tennessee.’
    • ‘He is particularly fond of the sorrel trees, whose leaves turn plum-purple.’
    • ‘The sorrel tree likes well-drained gravelly soils, and can tolerate dry conditions, but it dislikes pollution so is not considered a good tree for large urban settings.’
    • ‘The European hornbeam and sorrel trees will be planted along Broadway, and the Environmental Commission would like to get involved so they can work out an agreement to have professional pruners come in for at least a three-year period.’