indicate what specific region a tree is best grown. The zone maps were created by the USDA as an approximate indication, based on averages, as where to best grow specific plants. These regions can vary depending on things like prevailing winds and elevation. Also if you are in a region and near the border the plants in the abutting region may be suitable. The best thing to keep in mind is that this is an approximation based on averages and does not prevent you from growing something from another region as long as it's not more than one region away.
COMMON NAME TREES:
- ZONE 4 THRU 7 - Ivory Silk Lilac
- ZONE 4 THRU 8 - Amelanchier
- ZONE 4 THRU 9 - Crabapple, Eastern Redbud, Canadian Cherry, Red Leaf Plum, Magnolia, White Fringe
- ZONE 5 THRU 7 - Golden Rain tree
- ZONE 5 THRU 8 - Most fruit trees, Bardford Pear, Wisteria
- ZONE 5 THRU 9 - Kwanzen Cherry, Dogwood
- ZONE 6 THRU 9 - Crape Myrtle
- ZONE 6 THRU 10 - Mimosa
These trees are those that I have found to be the most attractive bloomers and the most hardy and easy to grow. Zones are not written in stone but they are a great guide for success. I would love to have a Mimosa tree but since I am in region 5, near the border of region 4, I would surely fail. If I were near the southern border of region 5 I might attempt it.
Tree zones are a great way to reduce your initial options. After determining which trees are best for your zone, you can reduce your list further by determining what size, shape and bloom type works best. Adding one of these trees would benefit any landscape by providing interest and appeal.