As I drove home in the remnants of Hurricane Hermine, glad we had evaded another Hurricane Ike but realizing the season was not over, I began to think about trees. (Okay, the tree that squished the woman’s car that day made me think, too – don’t worry, she wasn’t hurt.) During Hurricane Ike we only lost a few of our own trees, but it was still sad to see them, and I wondered if there were any trees that would survive a hurricane and still be standing when the storm was done. And believe it or not, there are actually trees that are more wind resistant than others (determined by forestry surveys, no less!) Below are just a few of the trees you can choose from that will withstand (almost) any hurricane strength winds and look great doing it.
Pink Magnolia. This beautiful tree will withstand the winds of a hurricane, but it doesn’t like the afternoon sun! Plant it in partial sun to bright shade in your Houston, Texas yard. It will bloom through the winter and spring with lovely, fragrant flowers of rose, purple and pink. These trees make a nice accent in woodland gardens.
American Holly. A long-lived tree that will attract birds to your Houston, Texas yard with its bright berries, this Texas native will withstand most hurricane winds, too. It prefers full sun, and grows slowly, but this tree will eventually be about 35 feet tall. This is a nice tree to use for an accent in your Houston yard.
Redbud. The pretty pink flowers on this tree make it a perfect ornamental tree for your Houston, Texas yard. The fact that it can withstand strong winds is just a bonus! Plant this tree in full to partial sun, and it will reach heights of about 24 feet. The flowers will bloom in clusters in the spring. This hardy, hurricane resistant tree prefers moist soil in your Houston, Texas yard.
Live Oak. This is a very strong tree that will live a long time in your Houston, Texas yard. It is slow growing, but it will eventually reach heights of up to 50 feet. Plant it in full sun in any season except summer to give it a chance to take root. This hurricane resistant tree is a Texas native, and is disease resistant, too. It makes a great shade tree for your Houston, Texas yard.
Crape Myrtle. Crape Myrtles bloom in flowers of pink, purple, red or white, and are used all over Houston, Texas in both urban and suburban landscaping. In addition to being generally hard to kill, they will also withstand strong hurricane winds. These trees prefer full to partial sun, and will grow to be between 10 to 30 feet tall, blooming all through the summer and fall. They are drought resistant, too.
Dahoon Holly. This interesting tree has bright orange berries that birds love. Plant it in full sun and it will grow to be about 30 feet high. This hurricane resistant tree makes for great shade in your Houston, Texas yard, and also survives the Houston winter without issues. It is drought and disease resistant, too.
Now, I wonder if there is such a thing as a tornado-resistant tree?