Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

Olympic Fire Mountain-laurel

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Slow, 4-8' over 10 years
Mature Height - 7-15', can grow 30-36'
Mature Width - 7-15', can grow 30-36'
Longevity - Long

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Large deep red buds open to pink flowers, 0.75-1" across, broad campanulate (bell-shaped)
Fruit - Brown, 5-valved, dehiscent capsule, 0.25" across, persistent through winter
Leaf -
Fall Color - Evergreen, dark green, if in sun- yellowish green
Bark - Gray brown, striated to lightly ridged and furrowed
Other Features - Good habit and foliage color. Gnarly and crooked branches are used for rustic mountain furniture, poisonous if ingested.
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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. Fairly easy to root. Zone 4-9.
Native Habitat - Appalachian Mountains-North Carolina
Diseases and Insects - Leaf spot, blight, flower blight, whitefly, scale, lacebug, azalea stem borer, and rhododendron borer
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Plants of this taxon:
-not currently in our collection-

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.