By starting with the differences between two main categories of trees and how they respond to wind.
There is the easiest classification, the order of trees in the forest, the woody species. These are the trees that typically grow in forests and they're used by wind for supporting themselves. The more woody the tree is, the more the weight it can carry, and the stronger the wind is.
Then we have the one that is very common around the house, the cedar, willow white spruce, and I guess other types of trees, depending on their climate. These are the most likely to fall in the wind because they have very strong branches. Cedar is great at being hollow and I'm not talking about the wood inside that it has. The bark, in fact, protects it very well, but if the wind blows it can still be blown off easily.
The last species of tree to mention is the one that you might think of as having the thinnest branches, the hawthorn. The main reason why this one falls in wind is because of the type of damage caused to it by the wind. It gets very weak branches when it falls from too much wind.
Who should you call? Is it your local forest service or is it the local home improvement store?
When they are back there was a little dog that lived in the house, I'll call him Teddy. He's a short, stout, sharp-eared dog, and he went out into the yard every day, just after dark, to wait for me to come home, so that I could take him for a walk and then pet him. One night, the dog went for a walk and walked along a branch that was too thick, and it snapped the branch off and just tore a big chunk of him right off. That's why trees like the white cedar are the least likely to fall in the wind.
Try it out, go outside after dark and walk along a branch that's too thick, and poke the base of your hand into it, and try to feel the strength of the tree. Cedar is the strongest.
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