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Dominant trunk form faired best

codominant stems can break in a stormTrees with one trunk up through the canopy have branches considerable less in diameter than the trunk (lower left photo). In many instances, this strong structure has proved to be better adapted to storms than the codominant stem form shown in the right photo.

Hire arborists with the ability to create and maintain strong structure (one dominant leader) in your shade trees by appropriate pruning techniques. This is the best know way to help your tree make it through the storm with little damage. See: creating a strong structure

a single trunk can hold up better in a storm