Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel
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Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel

Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel

$66
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  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

 

If you like Tiddlywinks Mountain Laurel, but need something a little larger, look to Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel. Similar bloom to Tiddlywinks (dark pink buds, opening to light pink flowers), but in a bigger package, maturing to 5 feet tall and wide. A good choice for a screen or accent in shade to partial sun.

 

Olympic Fire will begin shipping on February 10, 2022

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Mountain Laurel look great when planted with Rhododendron and/or Azalea. They have smaller leaves but boom almost at the same time as the Rhodies, early May for us in NC. If you love Mountain Laurel or want to try the for the first time, be sure to plant them very high and use well draining soil so that thier roots do not stay wet as they will rot very quickly. In the nursery, we water them very lightly and not after 2pm.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 5'
Mature Width: 5'
Flower Season: Late spring
Sun: Full Shade
Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Zone
Temp (C)
-20 to -10
5
-28.9 to -23.3
-10 to 0
6
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
7
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
8
-12.2 to -6.7
20 to 30
9
-6.7 to -1.1

A relative of the rhododendron, the common mountain laurel is native to Eastern North America (New England, southern Indiana, Louisiana, and the Florida panhandle) and is frequently found in pine, spruce, and fir forests. Mountain laurels were often called ‘Spoonwood’ by Native Americans, as they fashioned wooden spoons from the gnarled trunks of mature plants. All parts of the mountain laurel plant are toxic if ingested and are poisonous to horses, goats, cattle, sheep, and deer.

Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Mountain Laurel as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.  

J