Pictured above is the view a front porch at Treasure Hammock Ranch in western Indian River County immediately after Hurricane Matthew on Friday, 10-9-2016. Our next-door neighbor who sought sanctuary there with us was surprised to see the live oak (Quercus virginiana) canopy largely intact.
Lots of live oak leaves and small limbs covered the front steps & the ground around the live oaks. This shedding of leaves and small branches (especially ones with epiphytes) is the way that live oaks survive hurricane-force winds. Live oak trees are well-adapted to surviving storms …
After the hurricanes of 2004, University of Florida conducted a great deal of research in their aftermath. Click here to find out more from the EDIS publication, Wind and Trees: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes.