Hurricane Katrina provided opportunities for all botanists to see how trees responded to extremely high winds over a long period of time. What trees survived this horrible event and why? The big Winner was the Live Oak. Infant trees did so well that some committees considered passing an ordinance that would require that all tree replacements, after the hurricane, consist of only Live Oaks.
This would have been a poor decision as an Arbor’s health, in large part, depends on a diverse community of tree species. However, looking at the success stories from this event, one can see why the Live Oak is such a celebrated survivor. The Live Oak succeeded because of its massive root structure, dense wood and superior branch structure.