The Q&A Archives: Heat-Tolerant Trees as a Windbreak

Question: We live across from a large field, usually planted with cotton. However, during the winter months it is bare, which causes the wind to blow large amounts of dust across the field and into the house. Is there a good flowering tree that I can plant at the yard's edge that grows quickly and will help create a wind break? We tried dogwoods but the site is in direct sunlight and they died out in the heat of the south Georgia summer. Dana Whiddon Ashburn, GA

Answer: Here are a couple of examples of flowering evergreen shrubs that are drought tolerant and suited to your growing zone: Cape Jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides), Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). Both grow densely and would act as a good windbreak. Both are available by mail through Louisiana Nursery, RT 7 Box 43, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph# 318/948-3696.

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