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Mountain
Laurel

Kalmia

Description:
Mountain Laurel is ideally suited as a landscape accent, informal hedge or border where its flowers can be enjoyed.   It is best for natural landscapes and other low-maintenance gardens where it can be allowed to grow to its natural size.    Grows 4-6" per year.

 
Common Name: Kalmia latifolia
Botanical Name: Mountain Laurel, Calico Bush
Type: Evergreen Shrub
Soil Preference: Will grow in dry soil.  Suitable soil is well-drained, loamy or clay.  The pH preference is acidic to neutral.  Will do best on moist, acid soils of moderate fertility and drainage and can tolerate sunny locations if moist and not allowed to dry out.
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Full Shade
Attributes: Attracts birds.  All or parts of the plant are poisonous.  Pollen causes significant allergy. 
Pests: None of major concern
Diseases: Can be infected by leaf spot disease
Care: Low-maintenance.  Prune only to remove spent flower heads and dead branches.  Amending the entire bed with organic matter and peat moss will improve root growth.  Fertilize with Holly-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions (Use Rhodo/Azalea)

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
To view our catalog or availability, click here

 


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Kalmia latifolia 'Bridesmaid'
Bridesmaid Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  'Bridesmaid' has rich deep pink buds that open to a two-tone dark pink outer edge and near white throat.  The glossy, shiny green leaves are heavily textured and broad.  A fairly compact, spreading plant.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Shiny, glossy green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 4-5'

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Kalmia latifolia 'Carol'
Carol Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  This plant really makes a statement.  Deep pink buds open to white flowers that seem to pop out from the foliage.  Leaves are glossy, waxy, wavy and twisted!  One of the best shaped plants. 
Bloom Color: Pink/White
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 5-6'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Carousel'
Carousel Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description: White edge with bright cinnamon-purple banding.  A good grower.
Bloom Color: Rose Red
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3'
Spread: 3'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Elf'
Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A dwarf variety with pink buds opening to very light pink to white flowers,  It's foliage is half the size of other varieties.  This plant grows upright when young then spreads with age.
Bloom Color: White / Blush Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 2-4'
Spread: 2-4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Firecracker'
Mountain Laurel
zones 5-9
 
Description:  An excellent mountain laurel with intense red colored buds that open white then to light pink. Deep green glossy foliage covers the bush.
Bloom Color: White to Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3'
Spread: 2'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Freckles'
Mountain Laurel
zones 5-9
 
Description:  'Freckles' has showy clusters of white flowers with purplish-cinnamon spots radiating from the center. 
Bloom Color: White and Cinnamon
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 4-5'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Galaxy'
Galaxy Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  The star-shaped flowers are very attractive with swirled rings of burgundy.  A vigorous and upright growing Kalmia.  A new hybrid developed by Dick Jaynes.
Bloom Color: White and Burgundy
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Heart of Fire'
Heart of Fire Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Red buds open to light pink flowers.  Introduced by Melrose Nursery in Olympia, WA.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6'
Spread: 6'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Kaleidoscope'
Kaleidoscope Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Bright raspberry-red buds open to a cinnamon-red band with a large white lip (edge).  Gives a great bi-color effect!  Very similar to the cultivar 'Heart's Desire'
Bloom Color: Red / White
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-8'
Spread: 6-8'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Keepsake'
Keepsake Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  The buds are raspberry-red then open to a solid purplish-burgundy with an attractive white edge.  The foliage is outstanding with very glossy, deep bluish green leaves.  A well-branched, mounded plant.
Bloom Color: White / Burgundy
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Glossy, Deep Bluish / Green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 4-5'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Little Linda'
Little Linda Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Named by Dick Jaynes after his daughter.  'Little Linda' is the first miniature Kalmia with foliage half the size of normal.  Buds are dark red and open to near white and age to rich pink.  It is the best of the small leaf Mountain Laurels.
Bloom Color: White / Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3'
Spread: 3'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Losely'
Losely Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  White with lavender flowers.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10'
Spread: 10'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Madeline'
Mountain Laurel
zones 5-8
 
Description:  The only double-flowered selection to date. Buds are pink and the hose-in-hose flowers open white with a pink flush. This
variety is rare and much sought after.
Bloom Color: White w/Pink Flush
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 5'
Spread: 4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Minuet'
Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A smaller growing varieties with large banded flowers.   Light pink buds open to dark pink flowers with a light pink center.  Also bears unique, dark green narrow leaves.
Bloom Color: Dark Pink/Light Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 2-3'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Nathan Hale'
Nathan Hale Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Red buds open to pastel pink.  Foliage is dense, full, dark green and glossy.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-8'
Spread: 4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Nipmuck'
Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Intense red buds open to a creamy white to light pink flower with the back of the flower being dark pink.
Bloom Color: Light Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Light Yellow-Green
Height: 4'
Spread: 4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'
Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Dark pink to red buds open to white flowers then fade to pink.  These plants have wavy, lustrous glossy thick foliage with a dense habit.  
Bloom Color: White to Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Shiny Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Wedding'
Olympic Wedding Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Pink buds open to light pink with a broken cinnamon colored band.  Bears broad, flat, dark green leaves.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 4-6'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'
Peppermint Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Another of the newest of Dick Jaynes' hybrids.  Flowers have red candy stripes radiating out like peppermint candy.  The glossy green leaves are often tinged reddish-bronze as they open.  Won best plant award at 1991 Boston Flower Show.
Bloom Color: White, pink & red
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Pristine'
Pristine Mountain Laurel
zones
 
Description:  White buds open up to reveal beautiful pure white flowers.  Developed by Dr. Richard Jaynes of the University of Conneticut.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4'
Spread: 4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow'
Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Deep burgundy-red buds open to eye-catching raspberry-pink colored flowers.   The foliage is dark green and leaf spot resistant.  The stems of the new growth are purplish-red.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-36"
Spread: 12-36"


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Kalmia latifolia 'Richard Jaynes'
Mountain Laurel
zones
 
Description:  Intense red buds open up to large chiffon pink flowers.  Heavy bloomer.   Named after the renowned expert, Richard Jaynes.
Bloom Color: Deep pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Glossy Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah'
Sarah Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Vivid red buds open to bright pinkish-red flowers.   'Sarah' is the closest to pure red Mountain Laurel.   Will make a fantastic focal point in your garden with its rich green, glossy leaves and vigorous, compact habit.  Prefers more sun than other varieties.  Named by Dick Jaynes as a tribute to his wife.
Bloom Color: Pink / Red
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Snowdrift'
Snowdrift Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  White buds open to a near white flower with slight reddish markings on the inside.   Compact, dense habit.  The best white cultivar available.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Light Green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 4-5'


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Kalmia latifolia 'Tiddlywinks'
Tiddlywinks Mountain Laurel
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A miniature Kalmia with medium pink flowers.  The flowers are rather large for the small plant size.  Good compact foliage.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May 15 - June 15
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 2.5 - 3'
Spread: 2.5 - 3'

 

 

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