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Kalmia latifolia 'Pink Charm' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

mountain laurel 'Pink Charm'

Family

Ericaceae


Kalmia are evergreen shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and racemes or corymbs of bowl-shaped flowers in spring or summer

'Pink Charm' is a bushy evergreen shrub to 3m, with dark green, oval or elliptic leaves to 10cm long, and profuse rounded clusters of rich pink flowers opening from crimped, deep pink buds in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained acidic soil in partial shade, or in sun where the soil remains relatively moist; mulch in spring with leaf mould or well-rotted pine needles

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get mealybugs and vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free