Kalmia latifolia "Forever Red"

Mountain Laurel

Categories: Shrub

Dense rounded shrub with glossy dark green foliage that is year round. Elegant red flower blooms around May making it a considerable spring display. Ideally suited as a landscape accent, informal hedge or mass planting.


We offer Forever Red 18" to 24" in a 5 gallon container.


More About Kalmia latifolia "Forever Red"

  • Accomplished flowering shrub.
  • Easy to transplant.
  • Blooms in late spring.
  • Native to the eastern U.S. ranging from Maine to Florida.

Interesting Notes:

Forever Red, also called mountain laurel, is a robust, dense, and symmetrical in youth stages. As plant gets older it becomes more loose, open, and sensational with colorful terminal clusters. It takes a little more effort to grow the Kalmia but the rewards are well worth it.  If not using in a naturalized area the Kalmia can be pruned to retain a dense and compact form.  Pruning is done soon after the flowers have faded as next seasons buds form on the new wood. Branches and bark can be used to create furniture and other artistic efforts. 

 


Mountain Laurel Growing and Maintenance Tips

Attempting to mimic the Kalmia's natural conditions when planting is very important to insure its survival.  Organic matter should be aged pine bark, peat or compost.  Avoid coarse pine or hardwood bark that may not have good water holding capacity and could limit root development.  Organic layers should extend approximately 8 inches out from the stem before tapering off, becoming even with grade approximatly 18" from stem.   Maintain irrigation until roots have established in the backfill.  Consider fall transplanting to take advantage of higher root growth rates and avoid competition with spring shoot flushes. Choose planting locations that are cooler such as shaded areas or north or east sides of buildings. Fertilize in the spring after blooming with a food for acid loving plants.  


Height:

4 Feet

Spread:

4 Feet

Hardiness Zone:

5-9

Kalmia latifolia "Forever Red" Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun
  • Full Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Squirrel Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Soil Moisture

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained

Attributes

  • Long Blooming
  • Evergreen
  • Naturalizing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting

Habit

  • Upright
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Genus Overview: Kalmia

Common Name: Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia, known as Mountain laurel is a member of the Heath family. Tight clustered buds emerge in a magnificent display of star like flowers in late spring.  One of the best and most loved native shrub. The Kalmia will thrive in shade but will produce more flowers in full sun or light shade. Take extra care in planting to insure its survivability. There are many hybrid cultivars available. Caution: Can be harmful if ingested.