Common Name: Wind

Type: Plant Damage

Major Identifying Features: Large movement of gases, bulk movement of air

Life Cycle: Not considered as a pest

Pest Rating: Not considered as a pest

Management Rating: Difficult

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Fall, winter, spring

Damage Information: Windborne sand in desert locations and near beaches can damage plant tissue, causing bark and leaf surfaces to appear sandblasted, high wind can break flowers, foliage, and limbs, and tear and shred leaves (tatters). Cold, hot, or strong winds desiccate foliage and bark. If water loss is severe, leaf tips can become necrotic. Wind damage can be similar to hail damage, herbicide phytotoxicity, excess salinity, or water deficit. Plants often exposed to wind have smaller leaves and look stunted, plants can have a “sculptured” look

Management Options: Prune out wood that is seriously damaged, cultural care for injured plants, especially proper irrigation, stake plants properly during first years of growth, plant susceptible species in sheltered areas, choose species carefully for windy sites


Dreistadt, Steve H., and Jack Kelly Clark. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management Guide. Oakland, CA: U of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2016. Print.


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