California Planting Zones – USDA Map of California Growing Zones


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Learn More About The Map Of USDA Hardiness Zones For Plants & Trees In California

Discovering what your planting zone for California is will help you to have a nicer garden. Because it is such a large state, California climate zones cover a wide range of temperatures.

To find the planting zone for California that you live in, simply find the area on the map above that you live in and match the color of that area to the map legend to the right. This planting zone map is based on the 2012 USDA plant hardiness map, which was adjusted for the warmer temperatures that have occurred over the past few decades.

The reason understanding what the zones for plants & trees are in California is important is because the zones will help you select the very best plants to grow in your garden. Planting flowers, vegetables, trees and other plants in your garden that are appropriate for your zone will ensure that they will grow well and will survive from one year to the next.

A well run nursery will clearly mark what zone a plant is appropriate for. You will need to find plants that will grow in your zone or less. So, for example, if you live in zone 7, you can grow any plant that lives in growing zones 7-1. Any plant that belongs to a planting zone with a larger number than the one you live in will need protection from the cold in the winter.

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