Planting zones are determined by the coldest temperatures in the winter. There are 11 planting zones in the United States. Zone 11 is found only in Hawaii and the most southern part of California. For zone 7, which stretches from Virginia through Tennessee and Oklahoma to northern Arizona, the winter temperature ranges from 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sweet Breath of Spring
Sweet breath of spring will grow to from 6 to 10 feet high. The stems are hollow when the plant is young and the leaves grow directly opposite each other. The leaves grow from 1 to 3 inches long and last into winter. The small flowers bloom in late winter and are white, red or yellow and grow in pairs. The plant also produces berries in midsummer that are orange or red when ripe. The berries may last until winter.
Bottlebrush buckeye is a large shrub that grows from 8 to 15 feet high. The leaves are 4 to 8 inches long, dark green on the top and lighter green on the bottom with a serrated margin. The plant gets its name from the way the flowers grow. The clusters are made of white flowers and grow on the top of panicles about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. The clusters look like a bottle brush. The plant produces a pear-shaped seed capsule that ripens in the early fall.
The American beautyberry is also known as the French mulberry and is native to the United States. The shrub can grow as tall as 9 feet, but usually just reaches from 3 to 5 feet and about the same in width. Leaves grow in twos or threes and up to 9 inches long. It produces small pink flowers that grown in thick clusters. The plant also produces clusters of rose/pink or lavender/pink fruits the size of small berries.