To make it easier to see which plants are available in your area, please click on the drop-down box above and select your region.
What zone am I in?
When looking at plants, you will find that they are labeled with descriptions such as "hardy to Zone 5" or "hardy in Zones 7-10". This description is a guide to the minimum cold temperature range that the plant can survive in given normal conditions.
(The United States Department of Agriculture displays a map of zones for the United States on the National Arboretum (USNA) website. This is the basis used to classify plant hardiness in the USA.
⇐ Want to check your zone, add your ZIP code to the box on the left, click "go" and it will display your zone and minimum temperature.)
Overall, the climate of the United States is broken down into 11 different zones, with each zone representing an "average annual minimum temperature" range. This means that the zones are describing the lowest temperature that has been recorded by the US Department of Agriculture in winter for that region. The zone descriptions are given on plants to provide a guide to determine the cold hardiness of plants for your region.
For example, a plant label may state that the plant is "Hardy to Zone 5". This means that on average the lowest temperature the plant is likely to survive is -20°F (-28.8°C). However, the plant should survive anything higher than these temperatures.
You should keep in mind that the zoning does not take into account other factors that could affect your plant’s survival, such as rainfall, sunlight, shelter or the level of care it receives.
To assist you, we have included the United States National Arboretum table which breaks down the temperature range for each zone. NB. The temperatures outlined below are minimum temperature ranges for each zone.
|1||Below -50ºF||Below -45.5ºC|
|2||-50º to -40ºF||-45.5º to -40.0ºC|
|3||-40º to -30ºF||-39.9º to -37.2ºC|
|4||-30º to -20ºF||-37.1º to -28.9ºC|
|5||-20º to -10ºF||-28.8º to -23.4ºC|
|6||-10º to 0ºF||-23.3º to -17.8ºC|
|7||0º to 10ºF||-17.7º to -12.3ºC|
|8||10º to 20ºF||-12.2º to -6.7ºC|
|9||20º to 30ºF||-6.6º to -1.2ºC|
|10||30º to 40ºF||-1.1º to 4.4ºC|
|11||Above 40ºF||Above 4.5ºC|