Mountain laurel is a native flowering evergreen shrub, with waxy green leaves that remain through the winter and pinkish-white flowers when it blooms. While highly toxic to humans if ingested, it is a food source for white-tailed deer, eastern cottontails, and other wildlife, especially during winter forage. It can also provide a source of cover for white-tailed deer, eastern screech owl, and various song bird species.
A beautiful sight mountain laurel is toxic to humans. (Courtesy of Maryland DNR)