Heart of Fire Mountain-laurel, Spoonwood, Calico bush, Lambkill
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - ShrubGrowth Rate - Slow, 4-8' over 10 yearsMature Height - 7-15', can grow 30-36'Mature Width - 7-15', can grow 30-36'Longevity - Long
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Red buds, deep pink flowers, 0.75-1" across, broad campanulate (bell-shaped)Fruit - Brown, 5-valved, dehiscent capsule, 0.25" across, persistent through winterLeaf - Fall Color - Evergreen, dark green, if in sun- yellowish greenBark - Gray brown, striated to lightly ridged and furrowedOther Features - Selected from 'Ostbo Red' seedling population for better foliage and habit. Gnarly and crooked branches are used for rustic mountain furniture, poisonous if ingestedPossible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Easy to transplant, roots require acidic, cool, moist well-drained soil, full sun or deep shade, flowers best in full sun, remove faded flowers, use pine bark mulch to keep soil moist. Zone 4-9.Native Habitat - Appalachian Mountains-North CarolinaDiseases and Insects - Leaf spot, blight, flower blight, whitefly, scale, lacebug, azalea stem borer, and rhododendron borerStrength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Mountain-laurel.- Other plants of the family Ericaceae.- Other plants of the genus Kalmia.- Other plants of the species Kalmia latifolia.