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Kalmia buxifolia (Sand Myrtle)

Sandmyrtle, Sand Myrtle, Mountain Myrtle, Dendrium buxifolium, Leiophyllum buxifolium, Leiophyllum buxifolium var. hugeri, Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum, Leiophyllum hugeri, Leiophyllum lyonii


Kalmia buxifolia (Sand Myrtle) is a low-growing, widely branched evergreen shrub forming a compact, rounded mound of tiny, glossy ovate leaves. In late spring to early summer, it boasts a profusion of small white flowers opening from pink buds. Borne in dense terminal clusters, they attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The leathery foliage turns bronze in cold weather, giving the shrub year round interest. Native to the southeastern United States, Sand Myrtle is a slow grower that can be used in rock gardens, or to create charming, low, evergreen hedges.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-36 in. tall (15-90 cm) and 18-60 in. wide (45-150 cm). Can spread widely due to suckers.
  • Performs best in part shade or deep shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Does not tolerate drought. Protect from cold, drying winds in frost-prone areas. Mulch in spring with pine needles or leaf mould to retain moisture.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, city gardenscottage gardens, rock gardenswoodland gardens or native plants gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed, root cuttings, layering, or stem cuttings.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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