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What Tree Can Withstand a Storm?

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Trees must withstand much more than rain during a storm. In fact, the wind poses a much greater risk to the health of a tree. Although it is not common, trees also run the risk of being struck by lightning. In this case, all bets are off, regardless of the species of tree. Let’s look at some very robust trees and their ability to withstand a storm.

What Tree Can Withstand a Storm?

Tulip Tree

A favorite of George Washington, the towering Tulip tree can grow to 140ft tall. Despite being skinny, tulip trees are strong and wind-resistant. The thin leaves have slender stalks that join the leaves and stem, therefore easily deflecting wind. Tho ensure tulip trees remain wind-resistant, make sure to properly prune the tree to maintain its slender frame.

Bald Cypress

The statuesque Bald Cypress conifer can withstand serious flood conditions. The trunk base is thick then tapers up. The Bald Cypress has an extensive, broad root system and is an incredibly tolerant tree. These attributes help Bald Cypress trees cope equally well in wet and dry weather.

Eastern Redbud

Though this type of tree is somewhat small, the decorative Eastern Redbud, beloved by songbirds and butterflies, is a sturdy tree. When in amongst taller trees, the Eastern Redbud is able to hold its own in a storm.

River Birch

The water-loving River Birch is hardy and can survive in a variety of soil types such as loam, clay, wet or fairly dry soil. However, the branches of the 70ft River Birch do need to be kept in check as they spread. The River Birch’s limb structure tends to bend instead of break, making it fairly wind and storm-resistant.

Oak Trees

Oak trees tend to be slow-growing, strong trees. When young oak trees are subjected to winds they bend. This causes additional structures to develop internally, and they train themselves to be windproof. There are a variety of oak tree species, each with its own slight uniqueness.

For example, the Live Oak has curvy, exposed branches. The Overcup Oak has an almost breath-taking green color. Standing at an average of 60ft, these trees, with their strong roots are able to withstand most storm conditions. Look out for: Red Oaks, Sand Live Oaks, Live Oaks, Water Oaks, Laurel Oaks, and Overcup Oaks.

Southern Magnolia

In spite of having dense foliage and being large, Southern Magnolias can withstand storms very well. Should the tree be damaged in a storm, Southern Magnolias have a propensity to recover terrifically.

Crape Myrtle

This type of tree is extremely hardy and can survive temperatures as cold as minus ten degrees Fahrenheit. The hardiness of Crape Myrtle trees serves them well during storms. The toughest of all of the Cape Myrtle variants is the Tonto Hardy Crape Myrtle Tree.


Standing at around 25ft, dogwood trees are very strong and can withstand high wind speeds. However, dogwood trees are quite particular about their soil. This type of tree prefers not to stand in dry soil or sopping wet soil.


Please take the time to investigate if these trees are appropriate for where you live. Talk to your neighbors or a local arborist to see what types of trees they would recommend.

Additional Reading: Planting Trees That Will Withstand Omaha’s Next Big Storm

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