Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel

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Favorite Flowering Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel

  • Magnificent Cultivar of Native Shrub
  • Ruby-Red, Ridged Buds Open to Pink Flowers
  • Thousands of Light Pink Flowers
  • 10 Showy Stamens Tucked into Star-Shaped Corolla
  • Large-Leaved Evergreen Shrub
  • Compact Selection
  • Dense Branch Structure
  • Effective Screen
  • Can Be Grown in Containers
  • Firewise Selection
  • Loves Partial Shade
  • Easy Care

Love flowers? Get your fill with sturdy Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire') makes an exceptional shrub to feature in your garden.

This rock-solid performer brings star power to your borders. The strong, multi-branched growth habit and evergreen foliage are a winner all year-long...even in the dreary dead of winter.

There is always something amazing happening with these exquisite ornamental shrubs. Plant them where you'll notice their beautiful features all year-long.

Watch in late winter as the new flower buds start developing on the tops of the gray branches. Over time, they will lengthen and expand into open clusters.

Look close as they morph quickly into ridged, red flower buds. The red buds open to pink, cup-shaped blooms.

Single flowers burst open here and there...giving you a glimpse of the flower power to come!

Mountain Laurel blooms are some of the prettiest in the horticultural world. The geometric intricacies are captivating and deserve time spent studying them.

Over time, Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel will produce thousands of blooms that cover the shrub from top to bottom. A long flowering hedge of this modern cultivar is an outstanding pageant!

Make them yours this season. In small space gardens, keep one in a container as a long-lived specimen to dazzle you every year.

Choose our commercial-grade plant materials for an enormous head's start. Don't forget the Nature Hills Root Booster as life-long support for the tiny rootlets with symbiotic ingredients.

Order Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel today!

How to Use Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel in the Landscape

Lovely in a woodland garden, Olympic Fire brightens up partial shade. This boldly refined choice remakes over the old species with a concentrated appeal.

You'll get more "bang for your buck" with Olympic Fire over other varieties. Showier buds, more blooms and a lush structure are its hallmarks.

Use a single specimen planting in your yard. You'll never grow tired of it...and neither will local pollinators.

The most outstanding feature of Olympic Fire is its late spring and early summer bloom. The show begins with dark red buds that resemble the tiny flames of an Olympic torch.

As the buds open, Olympic Fire slowly reveals the pristine perfection of its delicate pale pink blooms. You'll know if a flower has been pollinated when one or more of the red-tipped stamens curls in toward the center.

Use several as a robust backdrop for a Butterfly Garden! You'll be thrilled how they bloom during a brief lull in the perennial lineup after most of the bulbs, Peony and Iris are fading.

You can also partner this with petite Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Create a mass planting that rivals an impressionist painting, picking and choosing your favorites from our vast online catalog.

Create a longer hedge to take advantage of their long, evergreen leaves. Run them on the north side of a wooden fence to jazz up the look.

Plant several in an informal grouping on the east of a tall deciduous shade tree. Partner a collection of Hydrangeas at their feet.

Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel has an upright, rounded habit and dense nature that will present a lush appearance in your landscape. Deer and squirrels dont bother it and even bunnies will leave it alone.

In areas where deer pressure is intense, we always recommend you use deer repellant spray starting on Day One. Reapply it according to the directions as a cheap insurance policy.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This native shrub hails from most areas of the East Coast. They prefer part shade, or no more than four hours of sunlight a day.

Give them a planting side in well-drained soil. If you want to use them in an area that stays soggy...bring in additional soil for a planting mound three feet wide and 18 inches high.

With a moderate amount of water given on a regular schedule, you'll enjoy the best flowering display. They'll appreciate pine straw or pine bark mulch over their root zone, but please pull it back away from touching the stems.

Prune after the flowers are done to shape your shrubs by eliminating crossing branches. Periodically select a few of the thickest branches to remove for a rejuvenated plant.

You'll thank your lucky stars for the plant scientists that worked so hard to develop this spectacular shrub and bring it to market. It truly gives people more of what they love about Mountain Laurels in a neat, "right-sized" package.

Order Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel from our expert growers today. Hurry, people are searching for this champion variety.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Kalmia latifolia 'Olympic Fire'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes