The Q&A Archives: Flowers Under A Pine Tree

Question: What kind of flowers will flourish under a pine tree with about 7 ft. of clearance under the lower branches and about 8 hours of direct sunlight in summer? Fall sapping is minimal and rarely reaches ground level. Currently yellow buttercups are the only flower to live.

Answer: Unfortunately, pine trees are very difficult to plant under because the trees take up so much moisture and nutrients from the soil, block rainfall, and acidify the soil due to their repeated needle drop. It is usually very difficult to establish a new planting beneath one. The evergreen English ivy (Hedera helix) is a possibility as a groundcover, but it is not a flowering plant. To create an attractive floral scene under the tree, you might try using a very large planter such as a half barrel and filling it full of colorful annuals each summer.

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