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The interesting and unusual flowers of the evergreen Mountain Laurel provide a great slash of color to the garden in the late spring to early summer. Kalmia latifolia 'Keepsake' is an excellent example of the fascination of these flowers. This selection was chosen for its deep, raspberry-red buds which open to a nearly solid purple-burgundy flower edged with a thin rim of pure white which sets-off each bloom. The colorful buds extend the showy garden display for at least four weeks, more if the weather is cool. As the flowers fade, lush bronzy-red foliage erupts from the stems and matures to a deep dark, shiny leaf with an interesting bluish sheen. This attractive new foliage is perched on coral red stems. Kalmia latifolia 'Keepsake' is best displayed in bright locations with other slow growing evergreens, like dwarf rhododendrons and azaleas. Its dark foliage contrasts beautifully with dwarf conifers.
Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: red
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering
Seasonal Interest: autumn color
Resistant to: deer
5064 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
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Sunday - 10-3
Seth H. Richards
Locally owned and Family Operated Since 1932.
Dr. John Richards established Richards Tree Farm in Middle Smithfield, PA as an evergreen farm. Building on those roots, his Great Grandson, Seth Hastings Richards, has grown the farm into a full service Garden Center and Landscape installation business for the past 25 years. The farm specializes in Organic Gardening, Edible, Native, and Unique plants.