Kalmia Keepsake

Kalmia Keepsake

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Key Characteristics

4 - 8

Mature Height

4 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Sun / Shade

Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay

Description / Kalmia Keepsake

I don't know which is more beautiful on this electrifying Mountain Laurel -- the big, purplish-burgundy blooms edged in white or the 10-pointed buds of brilliant raspberry! Simply the most exciting hybrid yet of this beloved native shrub, 'Keepsake' will live up to its name in your garden, and may just become the centerpiece of the partly-shaded border or patio!

'Keepsake' begins with masses of 10-sided buds glowing like raspberry punch. Their distinctive shape always reminds me of pattypan squash, and I love the way this shrub looks when a few blooms have opened and masses of buds remain, as if waiting to pop into flower! And when they do, it's hard to mourn them, as attractive as the buds are -- because the blossoms are simply magnificent, with deep burgundy-purple petals outlined in white! They arise in 3- to 4-inch clusters that simply radiate color, putting the final spring bulbs to shame and ushering in the long season of summer color in your garden!

But the flowers aren't the only thing 'Keepsake' has going for it. The new spring foliage unfurls in bright reddish-bronze tones, adding some early color to the display. Very resistant to leafspot (the bane of native Kalmia), the leaves stay dense, glossy, and unblemished year-round, very plentifully held on these well-branched shrubs. Their mature color (usually reached before the bloomtime is over) is an aquatic blue-green, very distinctive and cooling in hot southern gardens!

'Keepsake' is the work of five generations of controlled crosses by master Kalmia breeder Dick Jaynes, who began his work in 1966. All I can say is, 'Keepsake' was well worth the wait! Plant this 4-foot-tall, 3- to 4-foot-wide evergreen shrub in any well-drained soil (slightly acidic is best, but not required) receiving partial shade. Space the plants 3 feet apart for dense color coverage, and water it well during the dry summer months. Equally tolerant of unseasonable heat and cold, 'Keepsake' is very resilient! Zones 4-8.

Product Details

Genus Kalmia
Species latifolia
Variety 'Keepsake'
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Part Shade
Bloom Color Burgundy, Purple, Red, White
Max Bloom Size 4.00
Bloom Season Start Late Spring
Bloom Season End Early Summer
Foliage Color Blue Green, Bronze, Red
Resistance Bacterial Leaf Spot, Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer
Uses Border, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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