heavy winds - Knowledgebase Question

RIVERSIDE, Ca
Question by mary1mary888
April 24, 2010
High winds sweep thru my yard and I am having trouble finding plants that can survive the exposure. Especially trees while young. Can you make a recommendation? I don't want a bunch of palms.


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010

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Try to choose plants that have small leathery leaves that will not be tattered or desiccated by winds. You will also have better luck with fairly low-growing plants. Here a few suggestions of wind-tolerant shrubs. Ceanothus - California lilac, Myrica pensylvanica - bayberry, Pieris floribunda - Japanese andromeda, Potentilla sp.- cinquefoil, Rhus aromatica - fragrant sumac, Rosa rugosa - rugosa rose, Thymus serpyllum - mother-of-thyme, Leucothoe, Arctostaphylos - Mama Bear Manzanita, Garrya elliptica - James Roof silk tassel (an evergreen shrub to small tree growing about 6 to 10 feet tall.), Rhamnus californica - Coffeeberry. For trees, try Cupressus forbesii - Tecate Cypress, Western Cottonwood, Pinus sabiniana - Gray Pine, and California Sycamore. Hope these suggestions work in your landscape!

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