Know Your Zone & Beautify Your Home
Missouri is located in USDA Hardiness Zone 6a. This means that the average minimum winter temperature in this area ranges from -10 to -5 degrees Fahrenheit (-23.3 to -20.6 degrees Celsius). Gardeners in Zone 6a can typically grow a wide variety of plants, including cold-hardy vegetables, perennials, and shrubs. However, it's always a good idea to check the specific growing requirements of the plants you want to grow to ensure they are suitable for your local climate and soil conditions.
What trees are suitable for zone 6a?
There are many types of trees that can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zone 6a. Here are a few examples:
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) - a popular tree known for its stunning red fall foliage.
White Oak (Quercus alba) - a large, slow-growing tree with beautiful bark and foliage.
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - a small tree with showy pink flowers in early spring.
American Beech (Fagus grandi folia) - a large, stately tree with smooth, gray bark and glossy leaves.
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) - a classic shade tree with brilliant fall foliage.
Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) - a coniferous tree with a graceful, pyramidal shape.
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) - a fast-growing tree with fragrant white flowers in spring and edible fruit.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) - a large, valuable tree with flavorful nuts and beautiful wood.
White Pine (Pinus strobus) - a tall evergreen with soft, blue-green needles.
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) - a deciduous conifer with distinctive buttressed roots and beautiful fall color.
These are just a few examples, there are many other trees that can thrive in Zone 6a, so it's always best to consult with our specialists for advice on selecting the best trees for your specific growing conditions.
What are the best options for Evergreen planting?
There are many types of evergreens that can be grown well in USDA Zone 6a. Here are a few examples:
White Pine (Pinus strobus) - a tall, graceful evergreen with soft, blue-green needles.
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) - a conical evergreen with striking blue-gray foliage.
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) - a tough, drought-tolerant evergreen with attractive bluish-green foliage.
Norway Spruce (Picea abies) - a fast-growing evergreen with dense, dark green needles.
Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) - a slow-growing evergreen with delicate, feathery foliage.
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) - a conical evergreen with soft, bluish-green needles and attractive cones.
Leyland Cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) - a fast-growing evergreen with dense, bright green foliage.
Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) - a drought-tolerant evergreen with bluish-gray foliage and a distinctive aroma.
Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika) - a narrow, upright evergreen with dark green needles and a graceful habit.
Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) - a slow-growing evergreen with delicate, fan-like foliage and a graceful habit.
These are just a few examples of evergreens that can thrive in Zone 6a.
Perennial Options- when you want your beds to continue to come back year after year, perennials are the product to get!
There are many hardy and colorful perennials that can thrive in USDA Zone 6a. Here are a few examples:
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) - a classic summer-blooming perennial with bright yellow flowers and a black center.
Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) - a tough perennial with bold pink, purple, or white flowers and a prominent cone-shaped center.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia spp.) - a long-blooming perennial with red and yellow daisy-like flowers.
Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.) - a popular perennial with a wide range of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, and red.
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) - a drought-tolerant perennial with silver-gray foliage and lavender-blue flowers.