Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-23
There are a few of these around here in Central NJ, so this is probably a well known landscaping shrub and I just am in the dark about what it is. But I have really fallen for it -- the little buds are just like closed parasols.
Update, h/t NWLuna [Thanks!!]:
White Mountain Laurel
[I am going with the latifolia due to the leaf color and shape.] And it is not a common landscape shrub because it is difficult and costly to root or graft, and seeds don't grow true. It's an evergreen in the blueberry family, part shade to sun, and Luna is right, every part of it is toxic... including, honey that bees make from it. So that may well be why it isn't found around much.