Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Decatur, Georgia

Horton, Michigan

Corning, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Plymouth, Vermont

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 29, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I don't get why this is considered such a hard plant to grow. I treat it like a rhododendron and it actually seems less fussy. I just wish they were easier to find, there isn't a nursery or garden center that carries these nearby.

Positive

On Nov 26, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

The color display between the buds, the emerging flowers and the fully opened blooms on this shrub, is breathtaking. One of the absolute best Laurels for sheer beauty.

Neutral

On Dec 5, 2004, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is NOT deer resistant. My new Olympic Fire just got browsed ! I had read that all parts of the plant are poisonous so I figured they wouldn't eat it and I didn't cover it. It's covered now.

Neutral

On Nov 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very showy flowers that start with large deep red buds that open to dainty pink flowers. Grows in part shade to full shade in zones 4 - 9.