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Hurricane resistant eucalyptus
Posted by Jeremy JaxZoo 9a on 12/22/2014, 6:13 am
Living in Florida has its blessings, but, as with most everything, there's always a downside. In our case, when it comes to gardening, it's hurricanes. So, I am wondering if any of you know about the wind resistance of eucalypts on a species by species basis. I have watched a pair of E. tereticornis flex impressively in strong winds produced by a powerful thunderstorm (30+ mph gusts). It was a beautiful sight! After the storm, I didn't find a broken branch around those trees. I wonder how far it can flex without snapping, that is, flex in face of 100+ mph sustained winds.
There's two things to consider when evaluating a tree for its wind resistance: resistance to branch/trunk breakage and resistance to uprooting (strong root system).