Our woods are full of Mountain Laurel. Some years they are fuller and more beautiful than other years, but they are always welcome. Mountain Laurel, kalmia latifolia, grows wild all along the eastern states. It is the state flower for Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Mountain Laurel in our front yard
The bear looks out at the laurel
This one is visible from our guest bedroom window
Our community has restrictions on cutting down Mountain Laurel. The wood has become very valuable as more and more companies build custom railings and fences from the branches.
This photo is from the Internet, but plenty of homes in our community have laurel railing
The Mountain Laurel is in the same family as the blueberry. But it bears no fruit. The flowers are enough for me.