An exciting new selection of mountain laurel that showcases intense red flower buds backed by deep green, glossy foliage. The flower buds develop approximately a week later than the straight species and never fully open. Since the buds never open the pollination/fertilization process doesn't progress normally and no stimulus is generated to trigger the flowers to senesce. As a result the flower buds persist and remain ornamentally attractive far longer than other standard forms. It is not uncommon for this breakthrough selection to display color into early July, far beyond the typical bloom period for the species.