heavy winds - Knowledgebase Question

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.

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


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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