What flowers can be grown in an area that is shaded by a short-needled, small-coned pine tree? . - Knowledgebase Question

kingsport, Te
Question by lisabgregg
March 29, 2008
Everything I have planted in the area shaded by the pine tree has died with the exception of three burning bushes. (I live really on the line between upper south and middle south.)

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2008


Soils beneath pine trees are typically acidic and dry because tree roots drink up most of the available moisture. With that in mind, you should have success with the following shade loving plants that prefer to grow in acidic soils:
Aconitum fischeri (Monkshood)
Ajuga reptens (Bugleweed)
Amsonia tabernaemontana (Willow amsonia)
Anemonella thalictroides (Rue anemone)
Convallaria majalis (Lily of the valley)
Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry)
Dicentra (Bleeding heart)
Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting star)
Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)
Hosta (Plantain lily)
Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower)
Mertensia virginica (Blue bells)
Mysotis palustris s. (Dwarf forget-me-not)
Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon's seal)
Thalictrum adiantumfolium (Meadow rue)
Trillium grandiflorum (Wake robin)

You might also try growing azalea, rhododendron, camellia and nandina beneath the pine.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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