Sodding Suggestions- Native Sheep Laurel

Sheep Laurel – Kalmia angustifolia



Scientific Name: Kalmia angustifolia; Common Name: Sheep Laurel, Mountain Laurel, Lambkill

Hardiness: USDA zone 5 – 8

How Sold: In slabs approximately 16″ x 24″  Contact us today to purchase some for your yard project!

Landscape use: Works well for evergreen foliage, foundation plantings, woods edge and naturalizing.

Description: Sheep Laurel is a broad leaf evergreen that grows and flowers well in full sun to part shade, making it a versatile shrub in the landscape. The broad, dark green leaves provide interest all year long. In spring clusters of cup-shaped flowers open in shades of white, pink and red. It’s a favorite of bees and butterflies. The shrub grows naturally in the filtered light under tall deciduous trees such as oak and maple, especially near a wet, swampy area. It flowers best, though, with more sun in an open landscape, but the leaves may turn a yellow-green color in full sun.

Planting Instructions: Requires an acid humus-rich soil, succeeding in part shade or in full sun in cooler areas. Prefers almost full sun. Dislikes dry soils, requiring cool, permanently moist conditions at the roots. Succeeds in open woodland or along the woodland edge. Dig the hole 16” wide by 24” long and 1-1/2” deep to accommodate the slab.   Water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start.

Care & Maintenance: Plant shrubs from spring, after all danger of frost has passed, to summer in well drained, moist, acidic, cool soils. Avoid windy areas, if possible. If planting slabs in rows, space plants 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) apart.

Keep young shrubs well-watered. Keep the soil evenly moist and acidic with a layer of wood chips or evergreen bark mulch. Fertilize mountain laurel in spring with a plant food for acidic-loving plants such as you’d use for Rhododendrons.

Mountain Laurel will get spindly, develop leaf spots and have few flowers if grown in too much shade. It also doesn’t grow well in poorly drained soils. It’s a slow grower that should only be pruned to shape the plant in spring after flowering. Dead, diseased and broken branches can be taken out at any time.

Diseases & Pests: Fungal leaf spots, blights, leaf gall, powdery mildew, weevils, scale insects, lace bugs, borers




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