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Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah'

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Description

'Sarah' Mountain Laurel is a cultivar that blooms in the late spring with red flower buds that open to a rich pink to coral color with dots on the petals.  It is a slow growing dense rounded evergreen shrub reaching four or five feet tall in ten years.  It has better sun tolerance that the parent Mountain Laurel shrub.  

Mass plant, use it as a short hedge, in a shrub border, woodland or cottage garden, or along a foundation.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Scale, white fly, borers, and lace bugs are occasional pests. Leaf spots and blights are occasional diseases.

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#showy flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#broadleaf evergreen#winter interest#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#hedges#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#evergreen shrub#woodlands#shrub borders
 
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#showy flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#broadleaf evergreen#winter interest#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#hedges#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#evergreen shrub#woodlands#shrub borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kalmia
    Species:
    latifol
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Plant produces 5-valved, dihiscent capsules (3/16") that are non-showy and brown in color that persist into winter. Fruits are available from September to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Description:
    Late spring to early summer red buds burst forth with showy pink to coral fused petaled flowers with dots on the petals.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    New leaves have a red color turning a glossy green. They twist and have undulate margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are sympodial and initially bronze and sticky. As they mature, they turn turn red green or brown and become crooked and gnarly. Epidermis and gray-brown bark crack to reveal lighter colors in older stems. Pith is solid and light green.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits