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Letter P Plants Continued

Letter P plants continued shares 17 more colorful and rich textured specimens. These 17 are trees, bushes, and even flowers from different geographic locations.


The Pieris genus is made up of around seven species. These beautiful evergreen shrubs and small trees are native to China and Japan. The specimens will do well in zones six through nine in the United States. The Pieris will do well in partial shade and moist, somewhat acidic soil.

Pieris White Flowing Flowers

The tallest of these specimens can mature up to twelve feet, but most run around four to five feet in height. This family is a wonderful shrub, known for it's display of late fall to winter foliage.

In late winter to early spring, brilliant flowing pink or white flowers emerge. This family is one of my favorites to incorporate in a garden with some deciduous shrubs. They can get leggy after bloom time and should be pruned.


There are around eighty species in the Pimelea family. They are considered evergreen shrubs that tend to become woody.

They are native and popular in Australia, and will grow in zones nine through eleven in the United States.

These species are in the same family as the Daphnes. These are marvelous small compact shrubs that will mature three to four feet in height. Pimelea will grow best in full sunlight, and well drained soil

The family is sensitive to heavy frosts. The highlight of this genus is in the springtime when clusters of pink to mauve colored flowers appear.

The spectabilis variety produces yellow masses of three inch flowers in early summer. Great specimens for a variety of different style gardens.


Pinus - Pine is one of the most popular evergreen conifers in the Northern Hemisphere. About one hundred and twenty species make up the genus. The United States, Mexico, and China have a lot of varieties of Pines. Other regions that have some of the varieties are Siberia, the Alps, Central Europe, and the Mediterranean area.

In the United States this family will grow from zones two through nine. It's one of the most versatile families, as the Pinus will adapt to almost any type of environment and soil conditions. Some varieties can take heavy frosts, others like the sub-tropical to tropical climates.

Pines are a group of specimens that tend to have a wide variety of fungus present. Pinus is known for its timber and is a soft wood. Furniture, floors, and rooms are built using this wood. The knots in the wood make the Pinus a unique plant.

Pines vary in height and can reach over one hundred feet. Herbee and I have seen the diversity in varieties from the tropical Pinus to cold weather Pines. It amazes us. The different structure and thickness of the needles from warm climate varieties to a colder region is fascinating.

In our zone seven, one of the problems we encounter is ice storms and ice building up on these soft wooded trees. Pine trees make a wonderful privacy backdrop.


Over two hundred species make up the Pittosporum genus. This family is primary native to New Zealand, but some varieties will grow in Australia.

The Pittosporum will do well in zones seven through eleven in the United States.

In cooler climates, it is best to keep this plant in a sheltered area. Some of the specimens look marvelous in a seaside garden setting.

The Australian Laurel in this genus will mature up to eighty feet tall. You'll find more on the Pittosporum in the tropics section.


The small family of Plantanus - Sycamore has about six members. The marvelous Sycamore is native to Mexico and North America.

They will grow well in zones three through ten. This genus is known for being a street tree as many neighborhoods that grow this specie have them lined throughout their streets.

The Sycamore loves well drained soil in a sunny location. This is an easy to grow tree as it will take pollution and even severe pruning, which we don't recommend. Properly pruning trees and shrubs will ensure their natural growth pattern. Some varieties will also grow in Turkey.


The Platycladus - Arborvitae are beautiful specimens of the conifers. They are native to China and Korea.

This is one of the most popular evergreen trees in these regions for privacy planting in a row.

The specimen is a fast grower and can grow up to three feet a year. The rich green tone of the leaves make the trees and shrubs a great focal point in gardens and landscapes.

They are marvelous specimens for complimenting Loropetalum and Cypress families. To find out more about American Arborvitae varieties, follow the link at the bottom of the page.


The Plectranthus genus is made up of around three hundred and fifty species. South Africa is home to most of these annual and perennial shrubs.

There are some specimens in Australia also. The marvelous Plectranthus will grow in zones nine through eleven in the United States.

This family is frost tender and people love putting these plants indoors or as ornamentals in a ground or container garden.

The specimens love well drained and moist soil and prefer partial shade. If there is any sort of drought, they will need to be kept watered.

The marvelous aspect of these shrubs is the purple tone stems on the structure.

In spring, the clusters of light tone violet flowers appear. It's a very striking family.


Around fifteen species make up the Plumbago - Leadwort family. These are sub-tropical to tropical climbers that are native to South Africa and India.

Plumbago Small Flowers

The small clusters of red, blue or white flowers emerge in the late spring and throughout the warmer months. These annual deciduous or evergreen shrubs love well drained soil enriched with organic matter.

This specie will do well in warm greenhouses and is great in an informal garden setting. Pruning of these marvelous and attractive plants can be done during the winter months.

Podocarpus Elatus

There are more than one hundred species that make up the Podocarpus Elatus - Plum Pine family.

This unique Plum tree is native to the wet tropics, southern hemisphere, Japan, China, and Mexico. This genus will grow well in zones seven through ten.

These trees and shrubs are fast growers and have a wide range of maturity. The shrubs can be as little as three feet high, and the trees can stand up to one hundred and fifty feet tall.

This family loves full sun to partial shade, and will not survive frost very well. In my zone seven, the shrubs will do best if grown indoors. They adapt to a wide variety of soil conditions. This specie, if grown outdoors, makes a wonderful hedge when properly pruned.

If you don't want to prune this family, make sure you plant the specimens in an open area which will promote healthy growth patterns.


There are about fifty species that make up the unique Pomaderris family.

These species are evergreen, woody trees and shrubs.

They are native to Australia and New Zealand. These trees and shrubs can reach maturity at around fifteen feet, and make wonderful plants for gardens and landscapes.

In early spring, clusters of soft yellow flowers appear.

Pomaderris love well drained soil and need shelter from windy conditions. One unique aspect of these plants are their hairy leaves and branches.

In New Zealand, the Gum-digger's Soap variety has been used to treat chest conditions such as asthma.


One of the most popular species in the northern hemisphere is Populus - Poplar and Aspen. The Poplar or Aspen thrive in zones three through eleven, and is seen a lot in Europe. These trees are deciduous, and require well drained and fertile soil. They love full sun and can mature to around one hundred feet.

The highlight of this family is in the autumn season when the leaves turn to a vibrant and stunning yellow and gold.

The Aspens are glorious throughout the Rocky Mountains in the United States. They are short lived trees and may only survive for around sixty years. The Populus are popular in parks, along streets, and also make a great screening. Plant it with some other evergreen trees and these species will be a great accent.


Potentilla - Cinquefoil is another northern hemisphere family that is made up of over five hundred species. These shrubs can be annuals, biennials, and perennials.

They will grow well in cooler climates and in zones two through nine in the United States. These shrubs produce different colored flowers in the spring and summer months. The unique Cinquefoil love full sun but if you plant some of the varieties with the colors pink, red, and orange in partial shade, their tones will be more brilliant for your enjoyment.

This is a specie that also has some medicinal value, as a few of the species root bark is said to help stop nose bleeds. It's a very pretty specimen for a garden.


A very unique family, Protea represents Africa's floral emblem. There are around one hundred and fifteen species that make up this evergreen shrub family.

Plow & Hearth

The flower heads are hairy in nature and are made up of clusters of deep pink, red, yellow, orange, white, and silver tones. These flower heads are popular in the florist industry.

This can be a tough specie to grow and loves an open area with a good amount of sunlight.

They thrive in acidic soil, as long as it is well drained. The Protea can mature up to eight feet tall. It's great specie from Africa.


There are around four hundred and thirty species that make up the Prunus family. This genus is actually broken up into five different sub-genus. Some of the common names that you may recognize are Sweet Cherry, Apricot, Flowering Plum, Almond, Sour Cherry, Flowering Peach or Nectarine, Yoshino Cherry, and the Blackthorn.

These are just a few of the common names. There are a few shrubs in this family, but most of the specimens are trees bearing fruit. This genus is native to Europe, China, the Mediterranean region, Japan, Turkey, China, Korea, and North America.

Prunus love full sun and well drained soil. They should be protected from any strong winds. Many of the plants will grow well in zones three through nine.

Their height and width will depend on the particular specimens but most make a wonderful addition to a landscape, as well as for commercial planting.


The next letter P plants continued page is for a large group of unique conifer trees, Pseudotsuga - Douglas Fir - Oregon Tree.

Douglas Fir are native to North America, China, Taiwan, Japan and Mexico.

This family will grow well in zones four through nine in the United States.

They are fast growing and can reach heights of three hundred feet!

These unique trees are frost hardy and like cooler climates.

They need open space and thrive in full sun.

The leaves are a soft tone of green. The timber is valued in the United States.

The Douglas Fir are upright trees that create a wonderful backdrop for a landscape area.


The Psidium - Guava family is made up of about one hundred species.

Tropical and sub-tropical climates are home to these fruit trees.

They are especially native in Central and South America.

Guava grows abundantly in zones nine through eleven in the United States.

These trees will grow in well drained soil, need some protection from wind, and should be pruned.

White clusters of flowers emerge in spring, followed by red or yellow berries.

The berries are wonderful in jams, jellies, and fresh juice. Many of the tropical climates have the fresh fruit readily available.

These trees can mature up to thirty feet. If you visit a location that has Guava available, go ahead and bite into this tasty treasure.


There are only two species that make up the unique Punica - Pomegranate family. The Pomegranate is native to the Mediterranean region and southern Asia.

Close Up Of Pomegranate Flower

This specie will grow in zones seven through eleven in the United States. In zone seven and eight, this tree should be protected from strong winds. Pomegranate love full sun and hot and dry summers. The orange to red fruit appear in summer and early fall.

We have one growing in my zone seven and have had some of its delicious and nutritional fruit. The orange flowers are striking before the fruit appears. At the bottom of the page, follow the link to read more on the Pomegranate.


There are seven species that make up the Pyracantha - Firethorn family. They are native to central and western China, Turkey, and Europe.

Firethorn will do well in zones five through nine in the United States. This is an evergreen species that shows off its stunning red, orange and yellow berries in the fall and throughout the winter months.

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This family loves a sunny location. These species are popular along fences, decorative walls, and even positioned on a trellis in the front of homes.

The Firethorn can mature up to twelve feet tall and can spread out to eight feet. It's a striking evergreen that grows in many geographical locations.

Other Articles You Might Be Interested In.

Pomegranate --- Plumbago

Arborvitae Family --- More List Of Plants (Besides Letter P Plants Continued)

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