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Different plants grow in different areas of the world, and many plants will grow do fine almost anywhere, but others can only be planted in selected areas. How do you make sense of it all?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and others, have developed a basic map to show "zones", of similar climates and growing conditions in the United States. Many books, such as the Sunset Garden Book, have categorized most plants into a "zone classification".
Therefore, if you simply look on the map, you will learn what climate zone you're in. Then when shopping for trees and plants, then you can find out the zone classifications and select the plants that can grow in your area.
The whole point of this is to match plants that suitable to your area. If you plant a tropical plant in the north east, you will find that the first cold spell will kill the plant. Knowing the zone, you can avoid most of these setbacks. The rating system is far from perfect, it is only a general guide, but it should be helpful.
If you ever have a question about a particular plant, and can't find any answers, do feel free to drop us a note.
In the Catalog, we offer a zone range for each of the trees and plants to give you a better idea of the potentials... Go there Catalog
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