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zone 8 berries
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Berries are a fantastic asset to any garden. If you want a good crop of fruit but don’t want to deal with a whole tree, berries are for you. Can you grow berries in zone 8 though? Zone 8 berry care is a careful balancing act between summers that get too hot and winters that do not get cold enough. Keep reading to learn more about growing berries in zone 8 and how to select zone 8 berries.

Can You Grow Berries in Zone 8?

While some berries are more suited to cooler climates, the plants are very widespread and as a rule very forgiving of broad temperature ranges. If you want to grow a berry, chances are good that there are at least some varieties that will work for you. Many berry plants are more than cold hardy enough for zone 8 winters. The problem with zone 8 berries tends to be, in fact, a lack of cold. Many fruiting plants need a certain number of “chill hours,” or hours below 45 degrees F. (7 C.) in order to produce fruit. When you’re selecting berries for zone 8, it’s important to make sure you have enough chill hours for your particular variety to fruit.

Here are some of the most popular berry plants and the varieties that are most suited to zone 8 gardens. BlackberriesBlackberry bushes are very well adapted to warm climates. Some varieties with low chill hour requirements are Arapaho, Kiowa, Ouachita, and Rosborough. Raspberries – Dormanred is the best adapted raspberry to zone 8, but Heritage may perform well too. Strawberries – Grown as perennials from zones 5 through 8, both the common strawberry and its smaller cousin the wild strawberry perform well in zone 8. BlueberriesBlueberry bushes that have low chill hour requirements include Georgia Dawn, Palmetto, and Rebel.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.