Tree For High-Wind Area - Knowledgebase Question

Fontana, CA
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Question by clebel
January 23, 2000
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 from NGA
January 23, 2000
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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