Mature stands of mountain laurel are striking year-round, with evergreen leaves and marvelous flowers that remain intriguing from bud through the end of bloom. The grarled, wandering branches and the vertically peeling bark suggest an East Asian aesthetic, but Kalmia latifolia is native throughout New England. 'Hoffman's Pink' is a selection from a natural population with bright white flowers revealing vibrant pink flecks inside, propagated by Mike Johnson from Summer Hill Nursery. Mountain laurel is great as a nectar and pollen source for native bees, and it supports the life cycle of the Northern Blue butterfly.
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