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PlantFiles: Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

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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

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Category:
Shrubs

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
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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

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Profile:

2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive rkwright85 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 stormyla 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 DiOhio 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 smiln32 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.

Regional...

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

North Decatur, Georgia
Horton, Michigan
Corning, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Laflin, Pennsylvania
Olympia, Washington



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