Mountain laurel bloom in late May here in western North Carolina, continuing the varied and colorful march of spring mountain blooms. Mountain Laurel bushes are a sight to see and enjoy locally on hillsides and in yards.
Flowers and Leaves
The wild laurel on mountainsides tend to have lighter white to blush-colored cluster flowers, and the domestic plants carry shades of white to pink, into brilliant reds such as the photo here. Leaves are dark green and remain on the plant year round.
Porch Railings with Mountain Charm
Adding porch or indoor stair railing “spokes” from mountain laurel branches make for indigenous mountain charm that is eye-catching and elegant. Some branches are quite large, others less so and all are naturally bent. In the hands of a mountain craftsman, these shapes and size variations become a piece of art.
Laurel vs. Rhododendron branches
It must be noted that both laurel and rhododendron branches are used for railing interest. These branches are similar with bark texture the main difference. A rhododendron branch may have a smoother bark while the laurel has lines in the bark. Either is a lovely mountain signature for your home.
For a look at the numerous styles of mountain homes, some with these lovely laurel and rhododendron features, please visit my community pages for all the listings in Cashiers, Sapphire and Highlands. All questions welcome and thank you for visiting my site.