It puts me in mind of grape bubble gum. Comments. Watch for Genista caterpillars which may be found feeding on the new growth in the spring and fall. May 16, 2016 | Permalink. These plants bloom in spring, then in midsummer to fall they begin to form the flower buds of the next season. Mountain Laurel is in bloom right now in many of our state parks. Also, Texas mountain laurel can be attacked by the Genista caterpillar. Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is flowering broadleaf evergreen shrub with a multi-stemmed growth habit. The problem is that the portion of the plant that is in the shade usually doesn’t bloom. A plant has just one goal in life and that is to reproduce itself. Know of any?view the full question and answer, Question: February 24, 2005 - PLEASE HELP! Shrubs bloom anytime from mid-April to the summer solstice. Establishment can take up to three years, as it does with many trees. Dear Neil: We have two Texas mountain laurels that have been in the landscape for five years. I have been looking without success to find if lilac bushes and Texas Mountain Laurels are related in any way but have had not any luck to date. Additionally, it is the state flower of both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Now many are spindly (“leggy”) and seem to not be responding to consistent watering. To make seed, it must make flowers, but if it doesn't feel just a little bit insecure about its future, it won't expend the considerable energy to create the flowers.". The flowers smell like grape soda. Obviously, if you have it in full sun in Austin, that is not the problem. Mountain laurels should only be pruned at trunk branches to shape (if necessary). Texas mountain laurel blooms in the spring, producing its flowers on the growth of the previous year. That wonderful grape scent is coming from our native Texas Mountain Laurel. Just wait until AFTER the tree has bloomed to trim! It makes me think they have a … This diss track says Megan Thee Stallion isn't from Houston, Texas is booming with 'Best Places to Retire,' according to U.S. News, Houston trades parade for food giveaway this Thanksgiving, These 5 Texas companies got slapped with the biggest safety fines, 9 legendary Houston businesses we’ll miss, Need gift ideas? It's no wonder why, as Mary Kay has 47 years of experience in the horticulture field. Look for the flowers quickly. Lawn fertilizer, which possibly is being spread a little farther than the lawn, is high in nitrogen for green leaves (or blades) of grass. The common names include but are not limited to: Ironwood, Chittamwood, Gum Elastic, Wooly Bumilia, Gum Bumilia,Woolybucket Bumilia, Woolybuckthorn, Gum Woolybucket, False Buckthorn, and Coma. In the Smokies the Laurel bloom primarily during May, while the Rhododendron come along in June and July. Does it smell like Grape NeHi Soda? Mountain laurels on my property were present when we purchased the land some 13 years ago. I think they are unrelated, Jan. What can we in Horticulture from Ohio State University, a TMCNP and a TCLP from Texas Association of Nurserymen, a Specialist in Urban Trees Certification from Texas A&M, and is a Certified Arborist. So, plant at least two, one with flowers this year, and one with long stringy things. Because a single bush can produce many flowers, a hillside of blooming mountain laurel looks spectacular. If in doubt, plant it high, and NEVER plant it too deep. When planting Texas Mountain Laurels, keep in mind that they only bloom every other year, in the off year the same plant grows stamens (pollen makers). Sun or shade; evergreen, with grape-scented flower clusters in March and April. Neither has anyone else commented on the similarity of the two odors as far as I know. Fast-growing Texas mountain laurels, however, are slow to begin blooming. This is the time of year I walk around and any time I see a mountain laurel I take in a long, deep breath. Money for the parade was used to give out free Thanksgiving meals to Houstonians. In one day, they can defoliate a tree, so be sure to apply Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) at the first outbreak. The Mountain Laurel are similar to, and often mistaken for, Rhododendron. If you are, don't do it! However, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators love their nectar! In the spring, Texas Mountain Laurel produces bright purple, drooping clusters of fragrant flowers. Their tops may also be sheared to promote fuller growth, but do not cut back into the woody growth, as there are fewer lateral buds there to fill in the space. Unfortunately, however, the grape-scented flowers don't last long. Another addition to this drought AND deer resistant ensemble would be New Gold or Chapel Hill Lantana to complete the color ‘palette’! Deer steer clear of Texas Mountain Laurel. I LOVE the smell when mountain laurels are blooming. If you’d like to learn more about growing Texas mountain laurels in the landscape, the following article can help get you started. The flowers are cup shaped and the stamens inside arch over and are attached to the flower cup until mature. What’s that fragrance, you say? Beginning in late spring and early summer, clusters of delicate blooms open in umbrella-like fashion in red, pink or white. The large clusters – as long as 6 inches – of showy flowers appear in early spring, and sadly, bloom for just a few weeks before withering and taking their scent away. It is 4- to 5-feet tall and 3- to 4-feet wide, and healthy. Native to Central Texas, this member of the Pea family tends to be a multi trunked, somewhat slow growing plant. BARBARA MEDFORD, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, UT. Texas Mountain Laurels bloom one year old wood... so if you trimmed yours in the fall, you have cut off flower opportunities! Although I've seen some larger, most Texas Mountain Laurels will grow to about 12 -15 feet. Why doesn't my Texas mountain laurel bloom? Is there anything we can do to make it bloom next year? The Texas Mountain Laurel is an evergreen native tree that is quite drought tolerant, once established. In general, native plants do not need to be fertilized—one of the many advantages for planting native. Why does my Texas mountain laurel refuse to bloom? She holds a B.S. However, it’s a very popular landscape specimen can be used in both Blackland clays and sandy soils. Flowers range from dark violet to bluish-lavender to, rarely, white and waft a powerful, sweet, grape fragrance over considerable distances. If yo… The old adage “the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap” is appropriate for this gorgeous evergreen that can grow to 15’ by 15’.  Given adequate care, the Texas Mountain Laurel is a moderate grower, and can grow 1’-2’ per year. A light pruning right after they bloom is acceptable, but do not continue to prune throughout the year, or you will be cutting off next year’s flower buds! What can we I'm trying to plant several trees called Bumelia lanuginosa (synonym: Sideroxylon langinosum). They usually bloom in March, and the blooming period may last 3-4 weeks. Hardy in U.S. hardiness zones 9-11, Texas mountain laurel can be a finicky or reluctant bloomer. They bloomed the first year, but they haven’t bloomed since. This shade-loving shrub produces clusters of rose, pink, or white flowers with purple markings in late May to early June. It has beautiful spring blooms, and its elliptical, glossy deep-green leaves (resembling those of rhododendrons) and gnarled stems make it attractive in all seasons. Excellent drainage is a must for this tree, as it will suffer in heavy soils or areas which are seasonally wet. Plant Texas Mountain Laurel with Texas Sage or Silver Bush Germander for contrasting foliage, and Pink Gulf Muhly grass for fall color. In zone 7, flowering starts around May 1 and peaks in the second week. In our area, this is usually late April or early May. The lower the elevation and latitude, the earlier the mountain laurel blooms. I have called all the nurseries in the southern half of this state, including The Natural Garden...view the full question and answer. A plant you wish to flower but give too much nitrogen will get lazy and fail to bloom. Texas Mountain Laurels are slow growers with dark green, glossy, compound leaves and drooping clusters of purply-blue flowers. 1 of 3 Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) is a hardy landscape tree that blooms in late February and early march. Mountain-laurel is in bloom in the Laurel Highlands! Here's your one-stop for holiday deals in H-Town. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Texas mountain laurels rarely, if ever, have to be pruned. DEAR NEIL: We have two Texas mountain laurels that have been in the landscape for five years. They bloomed the first year, but they haven't bloomed since. April 9, 2008 Updated: Aug. 8, 2011 10:40 p.m. Facebook Twitter Email. If the flowers are not deadheaded, nondescri… More on Native Trees from Mr. Smarty Plants, Question: December 04, 2003 — How much water does the live oak absorb from the soil per day?view the full question and answer, Question: October 05, 2004 - I'm looking for a source for native Texas maple keys. No wonder why, as it does with many trees ( Kalmia latifolia ) flowering. If yo… they usually bloom in Central Texas heavy soils or areas are. In June and July ( Texas mountain laurels rarely, white and waft a powerful, sweet, grape over..., Texas mountain laurel is in bloom in March, and the stamens inside arch over are. 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