There are many factors to consider when choosing the best types of trees and plants for our yards. Hardiness is one of the most important. Hardiness refers to a plant’s ability to survive cold weather.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map provides a valuable resource to determine the average low temperatures in a particular region. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a map of the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) that separates the United States into 13 different zones based on average low temperatures, with Zone 1 being the coldest and Zone 13 being the warmest.
You can view and download a copy of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map here.
Los Angeles’ Hardiness Zones
What about Los Angeles? Which zone does it fall into? Because of its size, terrain, and location, the Los Angeles metro area incorporates a number of hardiness zones – 7A to 11A. This can make it tricky to choose the right plants and trees for your home.
To make things a little easier, here’s a list of the temperature ranges of each zone and examples of the trees, flowers, and plants best suited to that zone:
7A: 0 – 5 degrees F
7B: 5 – 10 degrees F
Fruit trees: Kiwis, olives, cherries, apricots, lemons, walnuts, figs, apples, and plums.
Vegetables: Lettuce, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and onions.
Herbs: Chives, mint, sage, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and English lavender.
Flowers and Ornamentals: Roses, daisies, jasmine, windmill palms, hibiscus.
8A: 10 – 15 degrees F
8B: 15 – 20 degrees F
Fruit trees: Cherries, figs, grapes, almonds, apples, plums, olives, and peaches.
Vegetables: Potatoes, radishes, onions, celery, lettuce, kale, cabbage, and okra.
Herbs: Marjoram, lavender, basil, rosemary, sage, mint, and bay laurel.
Flowers and Ornamentals: Bamboo, hibiscus, roses, boxwood, junipers, witch hazel, and magnolias.
9A: 20 – 25 degrees F
9B: 25 – 30 degrees F
Fruit trees: Apples, raspberries, grapes, figs, passionfruit, pecans, peaches, and kumquats.
Vegetables: Beets, lettuce, collards, spinach, turnips, mustard, kale, and garlic.
Herbs: Oregano, lemon thyme, licorice, parsley, rosemary, sage, and peppermint.
Flowers and Ornamentals: Dahlia, roses, jasmine, gardenia, California poppies, black-eyed Susan, mimosa tree, and wisteria
10A: 30 – 35 degrees F
10B: 35 – 40 degrees F
Fruit trees: Avocados, lemons, blueberries, plums, grapes, olives, plums, and oranges.
Vegetables: Broccoli, corn, cauliflower, kale, radishes, squash, and watermelon.
Herbs: Basil, ginger, rosemary, dill, and sweet marjoram.
Flowers and Ornamentals: Agave, daisies, crape myrtles, jasmine, desert willow, sunflowers, and oleanders.
11A: 40 – 45 degrees F
11B: 45 – 50 degrees F
Fruit trees: Figs, macadamia nuts, grapes, limes, plums, papaya, lemons, and passionfruit.
Vegetables: Chili peppers, lettuce, strawberries, sweet peppers, chili peppers, soybeans, and cucumbers.
Herbs: Mint, rosemary, thyme, chives, and lemongrass.
Flowers and Ornamentals: Gardenias, crape myrtles, desert willow, gardenias, yarrow, and geraniums.
In addition to average low temperatures, other factors to consider when landscaping your home include precipitation rates, sunlight levels, and average warm temperatures.
Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping Is Here To Help With All Your Los Angeles Landscaping Needs
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the plants and trees best suited for your particular neighborhood. The Los Angeles landscaping professionals at Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping are here to help. Let us put our 20 + years of landscaping experience to work for you. We can assist you in all areas of your landscaping needs, including:
- Planting and removing trees
- Installing hardscape features such as sprinkler systems and walkways
- Constructing wood, vinyl, and concrete fences to security and privacy
Gutierrez & Sons wants you to make the best choices when it comes to landscaping your property. Contact Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website or call us at (310) 324-6593 to speak with an experienced Los Angeles landscaper about your landscaping needs.