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Kalmia buxifolia

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Leiophyllum buxifolium
Phonetic Spelling
KAL-mee-uh buks-ih-FOH-lee-uh
Description

Dense foliage; variable form in wild; slow grower; Does not like drought or hot sites; Native to portions of southeastern US.  It is best grown in acidic soil enriched with organic matter.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinecake'
'Pinecake'
Tags:
#evergreen#small mammals#NC native#native garden#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinecake'
'Pinecake'
Tags:
#evergreen#small mammals#NC native#native garden#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kalmia
    Species:
    buxifolia
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    A food source for butterflies, birds, pollinators, and small mammals.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat and drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Prostrate
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from September to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Rosy buds open to white flowers. Blooms from March to June
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dense foliate, variable form in the wild.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds