Are you looking to create a break from a consistent prevailing wind?
Arizona Blue Ice Cypress
What are the best types of trees to use?
To create the best wind break, select trees that grow 'wide' and NOT just tall. Oak trees while beautiful are not a good selection for this purpose. They do not have enough dense foliage.
There are a wide variety of cedar trees that we carry that make a good selection.
- Arizona Cypress,
- Blue Ice Arizona Cypress,
- Western Red Cedar,
- Incense Cedar,
- Italian Stone Pine,
- Elderica Pine,
- Pinyon Pine,
- Ponderosa Pine,
- Utah Juniper,
- Spartan Juniper
Tips about Planting Tree Windbreaks
Italian Stone Pine Candles
- Choose evergreen trees for the best windbreak.
- Tree heights should vary, remember you want to break the flow of the wind.
- Consider adding a second row of trees behind the first row for maximum deflection of the wind.
- Stagger the positions of the trees so they are not aligned between rows of trees.
- Choose the primary wind direction to plant your first row of trees
- Do not trim back tree branches - to block the wind you want branches to the ground level.
- Be patient. Trees can take multiple years to reach their maximum height and fullness.
How fast and large do these trees grow?
Different windbreak trees
Evergreen trees such as Cedar Trees grow at a fast rate. Pine trees grow at a slower rate. However, Pine trees will grow to be very tall (a Cluster Pine at the nursery is about 20' tall), while Cedar trees are shorter in nature (around 8 to 12 feet).
An Italian Stone Pine tree is a great tree to choose because it foliage is extremely dense.
An Arizona Cypress has a wonderful shape and grows very wide at the base is more narrow on top.
Different varieties of Cypress are different shades of green, that can add visual interest to your row of windbreak trees.