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Re: Hurricane resistant eucalyptus
Posted by georgeinbandon,oregon on 12/22/2014, 8:18 am, in reply to "Hurricane resistant eucalyptus"
many of mine eucalyptus trees have had little or no damage with 70mph winds or more. some suffer branch failure in almost dead calm conditions---the so-called "brittle gums". my suggestion is look for a) any trees in your area that have apparently gone thru past storms with little or no damage b) look for those species which may have a coastal or near coastal natural habitat which MAY imply more resistance to high winds c) look up those species which are used for "wind breaks" or "shelter" ad d) if at all possible plant your trees in relatively wind-protected spot (i.e. the "lee" side of a mass of other vegetation that are themselves a windbreak of sorts. you can check out www.ruckscitrusnursery.com in florida who apparently supplies eucalyptus for windbreaks for citrus groves and see what they might have. the university of florida has recommended e. grandis and e. amplifolia for windbreaks in parts of the state. traditionally, on the west coast, e. globulus has been the tree of choice for big windbreaks near the coast (but it may not be happy in warm wet summer climates) and e. camaldulensis for inland---this species and the related e. tereticormis might also be worth looking into. hope this helps.
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