Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

MOUNTAIN LAUREL
Kalmia latifolia
Ericaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, evergreen, 3-4 inches long, elliptical in shape and leathery. Twigs are green to red-brown. Bark is red-brown and scaly. Flowers are showy pink to white. Fruit is a capsule. Form is a small, crooked tree up to 9 m (30 ft) tall but usually a shrub, often forming dense thickets. Mountain laurel is found on drier mountain slopes in the eastern US and on stream banks in the southern Piedmont.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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