It turns out that live oaks are built to withstand wind stress.
When a hurricane hits a live oak in New Orleans, it didn’t hit one tree but an entire intertwined community that made the population resilient.
As the tallest living things on earth, trees have developed strategies to protect themselves against threats to their leaved towers. In the process, they’ve “managed to solve daunting problems of engineering,” says Steven Vogel, a Duke biologist who studies the ways organisms structure themselves in moving fluids. (2015) By Chelsea Leu in Science