Rebuilding: Trees

As folks start to recover and rebuild, one of the things so many people will be faced with will be how they work trees back in to their landscape.

I will be collecting info as I can find it and sharing it here, particularly concerning saving trees that you still have, and choosing varieties that might be more tolerant to wind.


– This is a resource from the Arbor Day Foundation that may help you save a few of your trees that look beyond saving…  Also, you can sign up to receive 10 free trees with your $10 membership, and they have all sorts of good information on trees on their site.


This is some info I found at this link concerning the tree species that were still standing after hurricanes. Not all species would be ones you would plant here, but several would, including dogwoods and certain types of oaks.  Pecans seemed to do pretty good, too, and I know for a fact they can make it here.  My great-grandmother brought one in from Georgia decades ago, and it had an abundant crop of pecans for years and years.

– Wind-Resistant Species

Using survey data we ranked tree species according to their wind resistance ( Table 4 ).

As expected, some species appear to be better-suited for use in hurricane-prone areas than others. Dogwood, sand live oak, live oak, sabal palm, and Southern magnolia are native trees that appear to tolerate hurricane-force winds extremely well.

Less wind-resistant are laurel oak, turkey oak, Chinese tallow, and red maple. Southern red cedar, sweetgum and silver maple all appear to have crowns which are easily damaged by the winds.

Longleaf and slash pines, although standing up to the winds, receive their lesser wind-resistant rating because of their predisposition to insects and disease after experiencing hurricane-force winds.

Carolina laurelcherry and sand pine are the least wind-resistant species. Because of Carolina laurelcherry’s smaller stature, it is less of a threat to property than sand pine. Sand pine should not be planted or allowed to grow to a large size near any dwelling; its shallow root system appears to make it extremely vulnerable to wind.

This link also has some good information regarding good tree choices