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    Trees for Windy Areas

    Hi All,

    I live in a very windy area in Utah (at the mouth of a canyon) and have noticed that the trees I planted 2 years ago are having a very hard time thriving. I have a flowering plum that never flowers, are hardly keeps any green leaves for that matter, and 3 bull pines that look like they are dying (although they aren't) as they have lost a lot of needles. The ground is a mixture of both clay and rocks. Does anyone have any recommendation for what types of trees will thrive in windy areas? I like the idea of evergreens to create a wind break but am at a loss for what type. Any help is much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Alison

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    RE: Trees for Windy Areas

    well if its evergreens your thinking, possibly the douglas fir or red cedar. Possibly the Arizona cypress, or white fir. Any of those are available on this website even. Good luck to ya.
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    RE: Trees for Windy Areas

    Finding something with a long tap root would likely be a good solution. At least the species with long tap roots held up best here. They aren't the easiest to transplant though and I can't comment on what works with rocky soil or your area.

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    RE: Trees for Windy Areas

    Great - thanks for the replies - I really appreciate it.

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    RE: Trees for Windy Areas

    The bristlecone pine likes to live in such areas - but it is extremely slow growing, although it has some serious longevity - the oldest tree in the US (or world? I forget...) is a bristlecone.

    Some junipers (also slow growing) also seem to do well in such environments.
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    RE: Trees for Windy Areas

    Hi Alison. I know the general area you are talking about. I would suggest pinion pine since it is native. Double-needle pinion grows along the Wasatch Front but Single-Needle, the Great Basin variety, is a little tougher. Gambel Oak (srub oak) should work well. The toughest of all would be Utah Juniper. If you want something taller I would recommend a hybrid (cottonless) cottonwood. Let me know if you need other suggestions.
    The Foopster

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