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June 19, 2007



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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