Lee County Extension
Starting Over After a Hurricane by Planting Strong Trees

Reestablishing a WIND-RESISTANT tree canopy is a great way to begin re-landscaping. First, have any trees with or without hurricane damage professionally pruned by a Florida-certified arborist. Any tree, including native trees and shrubs left unpruned for a number of years becomes prone to damage from hurricane-force winds.

Second, select the ‘right’ tree species, for the’ right’ place in your yard. Consider planting only tree species that stand up to a strong wind. Trees found in the Cape that have shown to withstand hurricane-force winds after Hurricane Andrew, Opal and others include: Cordia sebestena- geiger tree, Quercus virginiana- live oak, Coccoloba uvifera- seagrape, Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus-silver buttonwood and Bursera simaruba- gumbo limbo.

Third. consider replacing damaged tree species known for their brittle branches and structural problems: Acacia auriculiformis - earleaf acacia, Eucalyptus spp.-eucalyptus, Persea americana-avocado, Tabebuia caraiba-Caribbean trumpet tree and Spathodea campanulata-African tulip-tree.

Fourth, consider oaks and pines that develop deep roots for re-planting. Avoid using these tree species with shallow roots: Albizina lebbek- woman’s tongue, Araucaria heterophylla- Norfolk Island pine and Casuarina spp.- Australian pine.

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