Raspberry Glow Mountain Laurel
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Raspberry Glow Mountain Laurel

Raspberry Glow Mountain Laurel

$59
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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 'Raspberry Glow'

 

If you are new to the world of mountain laurels and are ready to try one in your garden, this variety is for you. Mountain laurels tend to be underutilized in the landscape largely due to the idea that they are difficult and fussy. They are particular about their growing conditions, it is true; however, growing trials show ‘Raspberry Glow’ mountain laurel to be the easiest to grow selection of mountain laurels. Another variety developed by plant geneticist and breeder Richard Jaynes in New Haven, CT, the ‘Raspberry Glow’ was released in 1984 after ten years of growing trials. This shrub has a rounded habit and reaches 4 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide in ten years. From late spring to summer it is blanketed in pink: bright pink buds open to pink blooms. The evergreen foliage is slightly wavy and new growth features a purple/red hue, adding to its interest. Plant in part shade in cool, moist, acidic, compost-rich, well-drained soil. Water well when blooming and avoid excessive pruning. Does not like clay soils. Looks lovely in a woodland garden or other naturalized setting.

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: 3'
Mature Width: 3'
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

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.  

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Raspberry Glow Mountain Laurel goes well with: