Kalmia latifolia ‘Minuet’

mountain laurel

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Outstanding Qualities

Kalmia latifolia 'Minuet' is a wonderful dwarf selection of the eastern U.S. mountain laurel. This rhododendron relative bursts into flower in mid June with colorful clusters of pale pink buds that open to expose a broad ring of bright cinnamon red in the interior. One of the best features is the fact it will remain tight and compact in the landscape, seldom reaching over 3 feet in height even as an old plant. Minuet mountain laurel is great to use in small groupings or as a container plant. Cyclamen hederifolium, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', and Rhododendron 'Ken Janeck' would make great companion plants. It would also work well as an understory shrub for the Paperbark Maple or Katsura Japanese Maple.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: dark green, purple, pink

Culture Notes
Mountain laurels grow best in rich well-drained soil in full sun to light or open shade. Kalmias are not drought tolerant and should be watered regularly during dry weather. It is especially important to water well in mid-to-late summer when the flower buds are forming for the following spring. Removing faded blooms will encourage more flowers the next year. Mountain laurels rarely need much fertilizer and excessive amounts of nutrient can cause burning on the leaf-tips. They require almost no pruning. Removing broken or dead twigs will help it maintain its health and a very light pruning will help it maintain its shape.