Which wind-resistant species can I plant around my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Native tree species with wide-spreading branches, small leaf size, and low centers of gravity, planted in groups, hold up better during storm events. Research has also indicated that slower-growing trees generally have stronger wood characteristics that are more hurricane-resistant than many of the faster-growing trees with weaker wood fiber strength.

 

So, while it may take many of these tree species longer to grow, they will likely be around for many more years after a hurricane. Key elements to wind-resistant landscapes include:

  • trees planted in groupings to mimic forest settings,
  • tree species that are slower-growing with stronger wood fiber, and
  • tree species with lower centers of gravity.  

You can find lists of wind-resistant tree species for the Gulf Coast from University of Florida Cooperative Extension and Auburn University Cooperative Extension.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.