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KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

Commonly known as Calico bush

Large red buds open to pink flowers. Wavy-edged leaves
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KALMIA latifolia 'Olympic Fire'

 

 

  • Evergreen
    Narrow, leathery, pointed leaves.
  • Red
    Red buds
  • Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
    Opening pink
  • Height
    2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    2m (6½ft)
  • Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Produces flowers 2.5cm (1in) across.
  • Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
    Where soil remains reliably moist.
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects
  • Pests & Diseases
    none
  • Place of origin
    eastern USA
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8 - renovate over several seasons
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil
    humus-rich. Mulch with leaf mould in spring.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
  • Rabbit Resistant
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2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)
 

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