A shade-loving native shrub, mountain laurel offers evergreen foliage and dainty spring flowers. With its large clusters of pink blooms, Olympic Fire is one of our favorites. In late spring, up to 4" clusters of blooms open against a backdrop of glossy, dark green leaves. When planted in groups, the effect is impressive. Performs best when planted in partial shade. Grows 4-5' tall with a similar spread. Zones 5-9. Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'
Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'
Sun Exposure:Partial Shade
Height/Habit:4 - 5 feet
Spacing:4 - 5 feet
Flowering Date:Late spring to midsummer.
Planting Instructions:Same characteristics as the Rhododendron. Partial shade is best where the soil never completely dries out.
Winter Care:Provide a protective mulch each winter season.
Flower Form:Large clusters or corymbs of bowl shaped blooms. Clusters can reach 4" across.
Foliage Type:Oval to elliptic to lance shaped, glossy dark green leaves approximately 5" long.
Pruning:This species may take several seasons to recover from a hard pruning, so best to trim or lightly cut back shoots each season if you never want to be without the gorgeous blooms. After flowering.