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Letter P Plants

Letter P plants has a total of 17 varieties of different trees, shrubs, and flowers. Herbee wanted to share with you a couple of pages on this part of the alphabet. Here we go, so pull up a chair and get ready to learn.


There are around thirty five species that make up the Paeonia genus. Paeonia grows in many different climates and are native to China. The Paeonia became available to the west in the late 19th century. It grows well in zones four through nine.

The Paeonia is a gorgeous perennial shrub. This specie loves cooler winters. The shrub will thrive in full or filtered sunlight. This entire family is deciduous and will need proper trimming after flowering takes place.

The flowers themselves are precious, in yellow, white, and pink colors. In China, native tree Paeonias can be found. They mature up to six feet tall. It's a beautiful specimen for a variety of gardens and landscapes.


The Paliurus is a small genus of around eight species. They are deciduous or evergreen, and spindly shrubs and trees.

The Paliurus is native to the Mediterranean region, and will grow well in zones eight through eleven in the United States.

The trees can mature up to twenty feet tall. These shrubs and trees both contain thorns, and make a good specimen for hedging, or as an accent plant away from children.

In the summertime, yellow and green tone star shaped flowers appear. This specie loves full sun and well drained soil. After the flowers have died out, yellow colored berries arrive.


The large Pandanus family has about six hundred species. Pandanus is native to East Africa, Malaysia, Australia, and the Pacific.

These species love a warm climate setting and will survive in zones eleven and twelve in the United States. They love full or partial sun and a well drained soil.

These palm like trees have tiny white flower and fruit that resembles a pineapple. The male flower has a rich scent to it.

One of the unique aspects of these plants, when they are young they can make precious indoor plants. The Pandanus are stunning in a landscape or garden near the ocean.


The Parrotia - Persian Witch Hazel is a unique and precious one genus deciduous tree, native to Iran.

The tree will grow in a wide variety of climates and do well in zones five through nine in the United States. The Parrotia loves a lime base soil that is slightly acidic. It takes full sun and fertile soil.

The highlight of this tree arrives in the autumn season when vibrant colors of yellow, orange, and crimson leaves appear in masses.

The maturity of this species ranges up to forty feet, but most of the trees will grow to around twenty feet.

The flowers are deep red and brown tones and emerge in the springtime. A great specimen for an accent around evergreen trees and shrubs.


The large Pelargonium - geraniums genus consisting of around two hundred and eighty species. This family should not be confused with the other Geranium that is in the same plant family. Many of these species are sub-shrubs or shrubs. The other precious Geranium family member is a flower.

This family is native to South Africa, southwest Asia, Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, and some of the Atlantic Ocean islands.

The Pelargonium are frost tender, and in many locations used as an annual bedding plant. These species can also be arranged in a container garden.

Make sure the geranium isn't subject to high humidity and temperatures. The flowers are brilliant in color and range from white, purple, pink, red, and variegated tones.


The Penstemon is another large genus of about two hundred and fifty members.

It is one of California and Nevada's popular deciduous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen, sub-shrub. Penstemon is also native to Central America.

The family is somewhat frost hardy. The plants love full sun and well drained soil.

In late spring and throughout the summer months, there are eloquent tones of white, blue, red, and variegated flowers. This shrub is considered a woody bush.

There are tall and shorter varieties from hybrids. The taller species do well as borders in a sheltered area. Smaller varieties will work also.


The Persea - Avocado genus has around one hundred and fifty species. This precious family can reach a mature height of sixty feet.

It is native to the tropics of South and Central America, and some species will grow naturally in parts of Asia. The Avocado will grow well in zones ten and eleven. These are fast growing trees and are frost tender.

They benefit from a sheltered location and full sun. Persea species need rich soil with a regular watering.

The rich green color fruit resembles a pear, and has a high fat content. The leaves are dark green and can stand out in a tropical landscape setting.


Another genus of the letter P plants, Phebalium is made up of about forty evergreen shrubs and small trees.

These species are native to Australia and grow in zones nine through eleven in the United States.

These plants are fragrant and also considered members of the citrus family.

The Phebalium can tolerate light frosts and love full sun or partial shade. They need will drained soil.

The Satinwood variety will mature to around twenty feet. This is a great privacy shrub or tree

The flowers are simple and are yellow and white.

The leaves can be all green or a variegated green and yellow tones. This family is known for its foliage.


Philadelphus - Mock Orange is an extremely popular family having about sixty or so specimens. Southern Europe, Asia, and many northern hemisphere countries are native to these deciduous shrubs.

In the United States they grow well in zones two through nine. These precious shrubs all grow to around ten feet in height and can reach ten feet in width.

The clusters of white to cream shade flowers appear in the late spring and summertime months.

The scent of the flowers are very similar to an orange blossom. These precious species can take full sun to partial shade.

They love well drained soil and can be easily grown. A great deciduous shrub for a focal point in a garden surrounded by different color evergreen shrubs or trees.


A small family, Phillyrea - Mock Privet, consists of evergreen shrubs or small trees. This genus is made up of four members and is native to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

The Mock Privet is somewhat similar to the Tea Olive, or Osmanthus.

These specimens will mature anywhere from ten to thirty feet tall. They will grow well in zones seven through ten in the United States.

Phillyrea can take full sun or partial shade and loves well drained and moist soil conditions.

In the spring months tiny cream and green tone flowers appear.

The flowers are very fragrant, and that is one reason they are similar to the Osmanthus or Tea Olive.

These shrubs or small trees are great for a hedge row and can take pruning once or twice a year.


The Philodendron is a large genus that has around five hundred species. The Philodendron is very popular as a house plant in many geographic locations. This family is native to the tropics of America and the West Indies.

Large Leaf Philodendron

These plants will grow outside in zones ten through twelve. In cooler climates, we recommend planting these specimens in containers and bring them indoors throughout the winter months. They need a sheltered area and thrive in shade and well drained soil. Varieties have large and small foliage.

This plant is poisonous and should be kept away from children and animals.


The next genus of letter P plants is Phlomis. There are about one hundred sub-shrubs and shrubs in this genus.

These species are native to the Mediterranean region and China.

This plant family will grow well in zones seven through ten in the United States.

The precious Jerusalem Sage belongs to this family and can be seen throughout southern Europe.

The Jerusalem Sage is known for its beautiful yellow flowers that emerge in late spring and throughout the summer months.

Phlomis species need well drained soil and can take full sun or partial shade.

Other colors of flowers consist of pink, cream, and purple.

This family is great in mass planting or around evergreen shrubs.


There are only two species in the Phygelius evergreen family. The two species are native to The Cape Of Good Hope, in South Africa.

They will grow in zones eight through eleven. These two particular specimens will mature to around three feet tall, and can grow up to one and a half feet wide. The two shrubs are a wonderful addition to rock gardens and will also do well on slopes or banks.

In the summer, pink, orange, and yellow tone flowers add to the beauty of their rich foliage. They like well drained soil and the soil shouldn't become too dry. Phygelius can take full sun or partial shade. They're great specimens in different defined beds.


There are five shrubs and trees that make up the Phyllocladus genus.

These particular specimens are native to the southern hemisphere. They are especially popular in New Zealand and Australia.

The tallest trees of this species can reach a maximum height of seventy feet. Phyllocladus are conifers and love well drained soil.

They will also thrive in full sun or partial shade, but need some shelter from strong winds.

The foliage of these shrubs and trees are unique as they resemble celery.


Phymosia is an evergreen family, consisting of around eight members

They are native to Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Islands.

These shrubs or small trees can reach up to twenty feet tall.

Phymosia cannot take any type of frost and will grow well in zones ten through twelve in the United States.

Their particular flowers of red and pink tones are are gorgeous in tropical settings.

These are great specimens to place with solid evergreens.


This precious and popular family of Physocarpus is native to the United States and will grow well in zones two through ten. A particularly popular plant in the central part of the US, they are also native in Asia.

Physocarpus require well drained soil and sunny locations. In a natural environment these shrubs can mature up to ten feet. In spring and early summer clusters of small pink or white flowers appear. This specie bears fruit, but the fruit is not edible.


There are around forty members that make up the Picea - Spruce genus. The spruce is a great specimen in zones two through nine in the United States. Several of the varieties are also native in Scandinavia, Bosnia, and Turkey.

New Growth On The Fat Albert

In Canada, the White Spruce is grown commercially. These particular shrubs and trees love full sun and well drained soil.

Transplanting these species when they become large will endanger the plants. These are very showy trees and make a wonderful backdrop and showcase in a large landscape area.

One of my favorite species of this family is the Fat Albert Spruce. To find out more about the Fat Albert, follow the link below.

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