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June 19, 2007


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Mountain laurel likes acidic soil, which is rocky upland in our region but not the marble valleys of the Berkshires. It is all over the slopes of the southern Taconics:Mt. Washington, Sheffield) but I agree that it is less present as you go north. I can't locate my copy of Pam Weatherbee's "Flora of Berkshire County" but it will provide specifics about its occurrences in the Berkshires. Its full range is southeastern Maine to western Florida.

A small container plant will run you $25 dollars at NEWFS. I have not tried to grow it from cuttings but would expect that this is possible. It does well in Zones 5 and 6.


While I remember Mountain Laurel growing tamed and wild all over the Connecticut of my childhood, I do not see it here in the middle Berkshires. Are there varieties that could withstand the Pittsfied winters? Also, will she grow from slips, or must one spend a fortune to buy a plant?



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