Native tree species with wide-spreading branches, small leaf size, and low centers of gravity, planted in groups, hold up better during storm events. Research has also indicated that slower-growing trees generally have stronger wood characteristics that are more hurricane-resistant than many of the faster-growing trees with weaker wood fiber strength.
So, while it may take many of these tree species longer to grow, they will likely be around for many more years after a hurricane. Key elements to wind-resistant landscapes include:
- trees planted in groupings to mimic forest settings,
- tree species that are slower-growing with stronger wood fiber, and
- tree species with lower centers of gravity.
You can find lists of wind-resistant tree species for the Gulf Coast from University of Florida Cooperative Extension and Auburn University Cooperative Extension.