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Letters U And V Plants

The letters U and V plants aren't quite as plentiful as some of the other alphabet specimens. Below are 6 different varieties.


Ugni is a small family of evergreen shrubs. It is native to South and Central America, and will grow well in zones eight through ten in the United States

The Ugni shrub family does exceptionally well in Chile and Bolivia. Ugni average around ten feet tall, and are highlighted by their edible and splendid fruit.

This specie needs well drained and sandy soil conditions. Ugni can take full sun but also partial shade. These shrubs produce colourful pink toned flowers and the wonderful berries are red and purple.

This specie's fruit has a tart taste, but used often in making jams and jelly. Ugni is a great landscape shrub, and a nice back drop.


The Ulex genus is made up of about twenty or so species. Ulex is native to western Europe, and North Africa. It will do well in zones six through nine in the United States.

One of the unique aspects of this family, is that the shrub does not bear many leaves. The fragrant and colorful rich yellow toned flowers emerge in springtime.

Ulex can take poor soil conditions, and can mature up to six feet tall. This specie is frost hardy, and can take full sun. In sub-tropical and tropical climates, these shrubs should be protected from the summer sun and heat.

This is a great specimen in coastal areas.


One of the better known trees in the letters U and V plants is the Ulmus - Elm. There are around thirty or so species in this family. It's native to Europe and North America.

Ulmus will grow well in zones three through nine in the United States. The American or White Elm is the largest North American Elm.

This specie can mature up to one hundred and twenty feet tall.

Most of this family is very frost hardy, and loves cooler climates. The Elm will thrive in moist soil and full sun.

The Elm trees are known for providing shade and also their colourful yellow foliage in the autumn season. They are great specimens in a front or backyard.


The large family of Vaccinium - Blueberry has over four hundred and fifty deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. The Blueberry is notorious in the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic to the Tropics.

This family will grow well in zones two through nine in the United States. The Vaccinium will thrive if the environment has an acid based and well drained soil. Blueberries prefer shade, and can be seen growing natural in woods in many regions. This family is noted for its delicious berries.

The berries are colourful, and come in red, blue, and black tones. The sweetness of these berries are found in jelly, jams, pies and other baked goods. Flowers of pink, white, purple, or red appear in the summer months. This specie is commercially grown for fresh fruit, canning, and juice. It's a wonderful specimen for landscapes and gardens.


There are about one hundred and fifty species that make up the Viburnum genus. This family is native to Asia, with some varieties in North America, Europe, and Northern Africa.


The colourful Viburnum will grow well in zones five through nine in the United States. This family of evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous shrubs are known for their fragrant and colourful flowers and berries.

Viburnum love well drained soil and sun or partial shade.

They can be pruned after flowering, but if pruned, will produce less berries. We usually recommend to my clients to wait to prune until berries are done.

Some of the varieties produce large masses of blooms. The time varies when blooming takes place. This is a wonderful specimen for many styles of landscapes.


The Vitex - Chaste Tree genus is made up of about two hundred and fifty species. The Vitex species are usually found in sub-tropical to tropical locations.

It is native to many parts of Asia, and also popular in New Zealand. The Chaste tree will grow well in zones seven through ten in the United States.

This family consists of evergreen and some deciduous trees and shrubs. Vitex adjusts to a variety of soil conditions and needs some shelter from the hot summer months. It will thrive in moist conditions.

The flowers are stalks of rich red, pink, and lavender tones. The New Zealand Chaste Tree can mature anywhere from thirty to sixty feet tall. This is another great specimen for landscapes and and a variety of garden settings. Check out this awesome book below, get inside the world of plants.

The six species above are wonderful trees and shrubs, and also provide many different geographic locations with colourful flowers. Herbee and I hope this letters U and V plants page has given you some new insight on more trees and shrubs. A quick tip, head on over to the pruning page below, and learn the proper techniques.

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Pruning Tips --- Deciduous Plants

Evergreen Plants --- More A-Z Specimens (Besides Letters U And V Plants)

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