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Kalmia Elf Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia ‘Elf’

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Item # Kalmia Elf

Mountain Laurel Elf variety has pink buds in May that then open to white, cup-shaped flowers that cover the plant for several weeks. Elf is appropriately named as it is a dwarf, only reaching 2- to 3-feet; half the size of most Mountain Laurels.

Mountain Laurels are a flowering shrub related to the blueberry that is native to eastern United States from Florida to Maine. It is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Mountain Laurels are evergreen and produce a mass of flowers that cover the plant in late spring to summer. They are also called “Spoonwood” because Native Americans used the shrub’s wood to create spoons. Mountain Laurels are virtually the last plant deer or rabbits will eat and can handle both full sun and full shade.

Price: $19.95


Product Data

US Hardiness Zone: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 4, Zone 8, Zone 7
Mature Height: 2 to 3 feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 feet
Characteristics: Year-round Interest, Ornamental, Hedge, Border, Evergreen, Native, Easy to Grow, Flower, Deer Resistant
Bloom Season: Spring, Late Spring
Bloom Color: White
Foliage: Medium Green
Habit: Compact, Dwarf
Season of Interest: Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter
Soil Tolerance: Loamy, Normal
Restrictions: AZ, CAN, PR, HI