The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, is an evergreen shrub native to the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. It gets

The native Mountain Laurel is a beautiful evergreen shrub that grows in the Appalachian Mountains and foothills.

The native Mountain Laurel is a beautiful evergreen shrub that grows in the Appalachian Mountains and foothills.

about 10 feet tall in landscape situations but can become a small tree in the protected deep hollows of the Appalachians. I have seen it growing as far south as Upson County along the foothills where the Flint River flows.

The plant does well in Rockdale County in well drained soils under shade with adequate water.