The Q&A Archives: Tree For High-Wind Area

Question: We are landscaping a brand new backyard in a high-wind area. Can you suggest a tree that can withstand high winds that will thrive here in San Bernardino? Our parameters: leaf drop is okay, but a tree that drops sticky flowers or spiny seed pods is not; no destructive root system; maximum 30 feet tall. We have eliminated liquidambar, eucalyptus, or pine for the above reasons. Any suggestions?

Answer: Cypress will grow in the area you describe, as will Thuja (American arborvitae), live oak, and fruitless olive (Olea europaea). A fruitless mulberry will provide summer shade and Laurus nobilis (sweet bay) might be another consideration for your new landscape.

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