One of the more avid collectors in the Baltimore club called me, asking for advice in caring for a recently collected and impressive mountain laurel. I could only tell him that, while I have collected plants that I thought had real potential, all had dwindled away their foliage over a period of a few years. I have largely foresworn collecting them.
Has anyone had positive experiences with mountain laurel over a significant period of time? I would guess that they would be happiest in dappled shade, and in a relatively moisture-retaining soil, but I think that that is what I tried before, to no avail.
They do feature dramatic taper and movement in the woods.
Westminster MD USA Zone 6/7