Live oaks survive strong winds because of high wood strength and a low canopy that branches out in multiple subdivisions without a main axis.

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"The resistance of live oak has been related to the low deliquescent canopy and high wood strength and resilience (Touliatos & Roth 1971). The crowns of the larger live oaks were level with or below crowns of associated laurel and water oaks." (Gresham 1991:425)

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Hurricane Hugo Wind Damage to Southeastern US Coastal Forest Tree SpeciesGresham, C. A.; Williams, T. M.; Lipscomb, D. J.

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