The Wind Can Huff And Puff, But It Won't Blow These Trees Down

If you liven in a region that has regular strong winds, it can wreak havoc on the trees in your yard. Constant wind can do more than defoliate plants, cause branches to break off, and uproot trees; excessive, constant winds can also pull moisture from foliage faster than the tree roots can absorb it from the soil. If forceful enough, high winds can even cause trunks to split. However, there are landscape trees that can endure high winds with little, or no, damage to their health or appearance. 

Incense Cedar

Incense cedar is a slow grower at first, but once it starts growing, it can grow up to 2 feet per year. They tolerate the dog days of summer and poor soil well. Incense cedars make excellent high screen or windbreaks for your landscape. 

The reddish-brown bark and rich green foliage make this a handsome landscape tree. It bears small, yellowish seeds that resemble duck bills when open. You may also notice a pungent fragrance wafting through your garden during warm summer days. Incense cedar requires no pruning.   

Desert Willow

The Desert willow grows fast at first, but slows with age. As it ages, it also develops a twisting trunk and shaggy bark. These trees have narrow, willow-like leaves and fragrant trumpet-shaped blooms with crimped lobes. Also, their blooms attract attract hummingbirds. 

Dessert willows make excellent specimen trees. Trees drop leaves early, but hold a heavy crop of catalpa-like seed pods through winter. To enhance the tree's picturesque shape, you can prune it periodically to thin growth. Desert willows attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Paper Mulberry

Because of its name, the paper mulberry may not sound like a strong tree, but it tolerates heat, city pollution, strong winds, and drought. They make excellent shade trees because of their dense, broad crown. 

Paper Mulberry tree bark is smooth and gray, but becomes ridged and furrowed as it ages. The heart-shaped leaves are green, but velvety and gray underneath. Both male and female trees have flowers. Male trees have catkins, and female trees have flowers with rounded heads followed by red fruits. They only need minimal pruning, which is done while the tree is dormant. Trees may become invasive in some areas.

Hedge Maple

Hedge maples are slow growers, but form a very dense, compact and rounded head. These trees have dull green lobed leaves with downy underneath that turn yellow in fall. Hedge maples make good shade, specimen, and deck or patio trees. They need occasional deep watering to help them develop a deep root system. You can prune them in early fall to accentuate the tree's natural shape if desired. 

If you need a tree for a specific location, such as a windy region, you can contact a local tree service, like Davis Tree Service. The professional can help you find just the right tree to fit your needs and that can withstand less than ideal conditions.