Cold Hardiness refers to a plant’s ability to survive cold temperatures. Plants are generally classified according to the lowest temperature they can withstand without damage. Geographic regions are classified according to the average minimum temperature experienced in that area.
The USDA has separated the United States into 11 Hardiness Zone. Each zone is divided into sections A and B (where A is north and a little colder and B south and therefore warmer).
The state of Florida covers zones 8 to 11.
Because of its unique shape, geography and location, Brevard County contains many different microclimates and covers three different USDA zones. Most of Brevard County is in Zone 9B. Part of northern Brevard borders on Zone 9A and Zone 10 conditions exist in the southern parts of our barrier islands. Always select plants rated hardy for your zone.