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PlantFiles: Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Pink Charm'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalmia (KAL-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Charm

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On Jun 14, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Mountain laurels are native to the Eastern North America. Specifically, the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana, North to New Brunswick, southern Ontario & the Ohio River valley of Indiana.

Many of the cultivars of Mountain Laurel originated from the Connecticut Experiment Station in Hamden and from the plant breeding of Dr. Richard Jaynes. Jaynes has created numerous named varieties and is considered the world's authority on Kalmia latifolia. This cultivar 'Pink Charm' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Gets large pink flowers that open over a two week period in late May and early June. Tends to grow best at the edge of the woods and areas protected from drying winds. This species is tolerant of shearing and pruning which is best done just as flowering season ends to enable the new growth to set flower buds for the next year. When allowed to grow naturally, it matures to a large multistem plant with thick trunks and picturesque branching. Moderately drought tolerant once established.

Pink Charm also likes shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Decatur, Georgia
Valparaiso, Indiana
North Augusta, South Carolina

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