Ostbo Red Mountain Laurel
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Ostbo Red Mountain Laurel

Ostbo Red Mountain Laurel

$61
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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 'Ostbo Red'

 

This taller Mountain Laurel gets about 6 feet tall in 10 years and would only be called ‘Red’ due to its flower buds. (Not the pink showy blooms they open into during the spring!) Great for mass plantings, informal hedges, and/or in the back of a larger garden bed with some space to grow, this evergreen is an easy shrub to keep in acidic soils. Pruning shouldn’t be needed on this slow grower! Best in zones 4 through 8, this native plant prefers full shade.

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: 8'
Mature Width: 8'
Flower Season: Late spring
Sun: Full Shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Zone
Temp (C)
-30 to -20
4
-34.4 to -28.9
-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

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