Flowering Trees That Are Good in Windy Locations

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Flowering Trees That Are Good in Windy Locations
Honeylocusts tolerate windy sites. (hlem/iStockphoto/Getty Images)

Many trees don't tolerate windy sites. In fact, flowering trees often sustain damage in high wind conditions, losing their flowers. Don't fret though. If you want to grow trees that produce flowers in your landscape and the planting area is subject to high winds, several flowering varieties will endure such sites.

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Longan Trees

Longan trees (Dimocarpus longan) grow in all year warm weather climates, such as Hawaii and parts of California and Florida. They are evergreen trees with small yellow flowers that grow along branches known as panicles. According to University of Florida, Longan trees tolerate windy conditions and, if kept pruned to a reduced height of 10 to 20 feet, can survive even hurricane winds.

Golden Rain Trees

Golden rain trees (Koelreuteria paniculata) grow in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9 and reach a height of about 30 feet tall. These deciduous trees are not just coveted for their clusters of yellow flowers, their green compound leaves give them a lacy look and the 2-inch seed pods, which form after the flowers bloom, are a reddish-purple, giving extended colour to the landscape.

Honeylocusts

Honeylocusts (Gleditsia triacanthos), also known as thornless locusts, are tolerant of wind also and are often planted as a wind break or shelterbelt. They grow clusters of fragrant greenish-yellow flowers in the early summer. Honeylocusts usually grow in USDA plant zones 4 to 9 and reach a height of 40 to 80 feet with a spread between 20 to 30 feet.

Eastern Red Cedars

Eastern red cedars (Juniperus virginiana) are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9 and grow in a cone formation, up to about 40 to 50 feet tall and 15 feet wide. They are very wind tolerant and often planted as a shelterbelt or wind break. Eastern red cedars bloom yellow flowers in the late winter and spring with attractive evergreen leaves that take on a bronze colour in the winter. They also produce berries beneficial to birds and mammals alike.

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