Trees, Root Systems, Storm Damage
This page provides educational information on trees, and compares shallow
root with deep root systems. People often cut down tall pines,
thinking they are more likely to fall and damage their homes. These
diagrams help illustrate how trees with shallow root systems (oaks, beech,
etc.) are more vulnerable to tipping in high winds than those with deep root
systems (such as tall Southern pines).
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Shallow root system of oaks, beech and other similar types of trees:
Storm-damaged tree (uprooted beech tree):
The shallow root systems of these types of trees make them especially
to being uprooted in high winds and wet soil conditions.
Deep root system of a young pine sapling:
The roots of mature Southern pines can run 10-15 ft. deep.
Deep taproots of
New Zealand pines
Photo by Murray Fraser
Sydney Environmental &
Soil Laboratory, Sydney, Australia
Photo taken in New Zealand