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Posted by parks_gardener Arizona (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 12, 08 at 16:14

I live in zone 2 (I think): short growing season - can get a freeze on 4th of July; 7200 ft. altitude, lows of -5 in winter with highs in mid-80's in summer. Does anyone know if any berries (blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, etc.) can be grown here and if so, how?

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RE: growing berries

You piqued my curiosity, and I did a google search on "raspberry usda zone" and came up with the website linked below. They have a list of a bunch of raspberries, but none of them say they're hardy in zone 2. Maybe someone else here has some experience growing them at high altitude? I grow some fine here at 4500' but I'm in zone 6.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raspberry varieties

RE: growing berries

I believe -5F would put you in Zone 5, and as far as frosts on the 4th, that shouldn't be much of a problem for raspberries, I should think. Wild raspberries grow up to 9 - 10,000 feet

RE: growing berries

You can check out your USDA zone somewhere here on GW or use a more current, little less precise, and unofficial (government-wise) Arbor Day Foundation zone designation linked below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Arbor Day zones

RE: growing berries

Looks like z6. z2 would be -40 to -50 for your winter low.

RE: growing berries

So hey, good news! You can probably grow all the berries you want in your zone. Except blueberries -- they require acid soil that we just can't imitate very well here in the West.

RE: growing berries

  • Posted by skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 14, 08 at 14:30

Hi ParksGardener,

Did you look up your zone in the Sunset Western Garden Book? If so they use a completely different zone system from everybody else. If you're z2 in Sunset, you're probably z5 according to the USDA---and just about everybody else. And if you're z5 or z6 that would mean you could grow just about any kind of small fruit you wanted to--and definitely the ones you named. (z5 goes down to -20, and z6 goes down to -10---without breaking them down into "a and b!" In Arizona, I'm guessing you're more likely in 6a or 6b.

Welcome to RMG,

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA Zone Chart

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