The Q&A Archives: What plants can be planted under pine trees ?

Question: What plants can be planted under pine trees ?

Answer: The problems with trying to grow things under pine trees is that the trees provide a lot of shade, have feeder roots close to the surface that compete with other plants for moisture, and the trees shed needles most of the season, which acidifies the soil. Some groundcovers will grow without problem, but most annual and perennial plants will give up before they reach their full potential. Vinca minor, an evergreen vining groundcover grows reasonably well under pines. Other plants that grow well under pine trees include Azaleas, Hydrangeas, Rhododendron, Bleeding heart, Hosta, Variegated ivy, Groundcover strawberry and Lily-of-the-valley.

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