Planting Under Pine Trees?

I live in northern California, zone 9. I have several pines in, sunny/part sun areas- not shady. What bulbs, perennials, or shrubs can grow in this location? Also, if the plants are deer resistant and drought tolerant it would help too.


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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

Here are some drought friendly plants to grow in zone nine:

  • Sedum spathulifolium Cape Blanco
  • Libertia peregrinans (it is from New Zealand and grows well in California)
  • Angelina plant
  • Voodoo plant (succulent family)
  • Sempervivum (a European succulent)
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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

There are quite a few shrubs and perennials that grow well under pine trees. You will have to decide what size plant you want and if you want it to be evergreen or die back in winter and return after a cold snap (smaller plants).


  • I live in zone 9 and of course, azaleas are the first plant that comes to my mind because they do well under pine trees. These can grow tall and wide or trimmed/pruned to any size.
  • Azaleas are plants that grow best in dabbled shade and -- once established -- doesnt require regular watering.
  • There are answers to this question in previous ThriftyFun postings for more ideas.

This is a link to a site that offers names of shrubs and other plants.

You can also Google plants to plant under pine trees with your zip code or zone 9 and find lots more.

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