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Companion Planting of Pine Trees & Daffodils

By Carrie Terry ; Updated September 21, 2017
Although daffodils can grow in shade, they prefer sun and good drainage.

When you're landscaping a home property, you have your choice of a wide range of plants, grasses, flowers and trees. One of the most important aspects of this design is to find plants and trees that grow well together and can thrive in the same atmosphere. If you're planting shady pine trees with sun-loving daffodils, for instance, you need to follow some specific guidelines to make sure that both trees and flowers thrive.

Pine Tree Facts

Pine trees are tall, statuesque evergreens that may grow over 100 feet tall at full maturity, with relatively narrow spreads of 20 to 30 feet. The trees live for 50 to 100 years and are hardy to both drought and cold.

Growing Needs

Pine trees appreciate full sun, though they will grow in partial shade. Pine trees don't require particularly rich soil, but do need good drainage, and do best in quick-draining soil with 2 inches of water a week.

Daffodil Facts

Daffodils are some of the first flowers to come up in spring and cover the ground in their gray-green leaves and stalks and bright yellow blooms. These are perennial flowers, which bloom year after year from bulbs left in the ground. Daffodils handle crowding well and grow in profusion in successful gardens.

Growing Needs

Daffodils are native to woodlands, and as such can grow in sun, dappled sun or full shade, as long as they have quick-draining soil. They don't tolerate the constant drip of water from overhead sources such as evergreen trees, however, and should be planted 10 to 20 feet away from the base of any such situation.

Companion Planting

Amend the site with quick-draining soil and compost for both pine trees and daffodils. Plant pine trees first then plant the daffodil bulbs some distance from the trees, at depths of 6 to 8 inches. For best success, plant daffodil bulbs in the fall and put both pine trees and daffodils on the same watering schedule.