Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Shrub-like Trees, Evergreens
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: white, pink, lilac
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, deer resistant, drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, poisonous, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Kalmia latifoliaAlso known as:
Mountain laurel is one of the most beautiful native flowering shrubs. It can occasionally grow taller than 15' and be considered a small tree. The broad evergreen leaves are leathery. It produces spectacular clusters of cup-shaped, fragrant, white to deep pink flowers.
Kalmia latifolia prefers moist, rich, acidic, well drained soil. Conditions similar to those required for rhododendrons and azaleas. It is drought tolerant and may be planted in full sun so long as it is in a cool environment; as found in the higher elevations of its native range. Do not fertilize! May be in bloom for over 2 weeks, late spring to mid summer, depending on location: May- July. Zones 5-8
Mountain laurel may be propagated by seed...with patience. It may be propagated by cuttings or layering, but this method also proves to be very difficult. Commercially available specimens are mostly propagated by tissue culture.
Mountain laurel is the State flower of Connecticut. All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and livestock. Deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
- Special Concern: ME
- Threatened: FL
|Species||Kalmia latifolia||mountain laurel|