If you’re lucky enough to have mature trees on your residential or commercial property, you should know that they’re worth taking care of. A mature tree is a thing of beauty, helps to clean our polluted urban air, and helps prevent soil erosion. While trees are quite vulnerable in their early years, most threats are overcome by the time they’re a decade or so old. Still, there are a few things that can topple (literally) even the oldest, most healthy trees. The fierce wind and heavy snows that often come along with winter weather in the Spokane area are two of them.
Windy Weather Can Wreak Havoc On Your Tall Trees
As we’ve discussed before, winter is a particularly hard season for trees. Most people assume that trees are merely “asleep” during this cold time of year, but this is hardly the truth, especially for Washington’s abundant evergreen trees. During the winter, trees often suffer from dehydration (most of that snow stays above ground until spring!), as well as damage from wind and heavy snow. Even healthy trees, which are quite pliable, can bend and snap under the pressure of heavy snow sitting on the branches or blizzard winds whipping them around.
Of course, there are places where storms can be much worse than even what winter throws at us here in the Spokane area. Which got us thinking…which trees are the most wind-resistant in the world? Keep reading to learn more about wind-resistant tree species, and if you are in need of someone to take a look at your storm-damaged tree in Spokane, Liberty Lake, or Spokane Valley, please don’t hesitate to contact Impeccable Landscapes!
Trees That Are Naturally-Resistant To Wind Damage
- Bald Cypress – Indigenous to the Southeastern and Gulf Coastal Plains of the United States, this tree is also known as the Gulf Cypress. As natives of an area that sees a lot of rain and hurricanes, it’s no wonder that this tree has evolved to have terrific wind resistance.
- Beech – Including at least 10 different species, the Beech genus is found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Beech trees boast thick, fibrous root systems that help them stay firmly planted in the face of stiff winds.
- Cabbage Palmeto – If you’ve seen a palm tree by the beach somewhere in America, it’s a good chance that it was a Cabbage Palmeto (also known as a Sabal Palmetto). These hardy trees are extremely flexible, meaning that while stiff winds might bend them and knock off a few branches, they’ll rarely break.
- Coconut Palm – Another member of the palm family, this fruit-bearing tree is useful to humans in a myriad of ways (especially when we’re stranded on desert islands!). Like its relatives, this palm features an extremely flexible trunk, which is why it’s typically still standing after hurricanes hit.
- Crape Myrtle – This evergreen shrub is native to India and Southeast Asia, but in America it’s more commonly grown as a tree. Popular in the South, it’s no surprise that this tree has developed resilience to many harsh conditions, including freezing. There are even reports of Crape Myrtles being completely frozen to the ground in severe winters but resprouting in the spring.
- Live Oak – A beautiful, stately tree that’s popular around the country, this evergreen oak has branches that resemble a willow tree, meaning they’re capable of more flexibility in the face of wind and snow.
- Queen Palm – Even though this palm tree is shorter than most varieties, it retains the thickness and flexibility that allow its species to survive in extremely volatile conditions.
- Southern Magnolia – Sometimes referred to as the Bull Bay, this tree is common to the coastal states of the American Southeast. Between its large, waxy leaves and hard, heavy branches, the magnolia typically stands strong in the face of all but the most challenging winds.
- Tamarix – Sounding like a tree that’s straight out of Harry Potter, this bush-like plant was born in the deserts of Eurasia and Africa. It’s now been transplanted all over the world, including the U.S., and it’s thin, whip-like branches are one reason it handles wind so well.
Call Impeccable Landscapes For Tall Tree Service Throughout The Spokane Area
As you’ve probably realized by now, not all of these trees will do well here in the Spokane area, but Impeccable Landscapes is always available to help you decide which tall trees would make the best addition to your landscaping. If you want a tree that will thrive in our climate and resist breakage in the winds of winter, our tall tree service experts are at your disposal. Call today!
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