Restoring cyclone-damaged fruit and nut trees

Cyclones can cause severe injury or damage to fruit or nut trees. Immediate care for damaged trees will depend on tree age, extent and type of damage, severity of root damage, soil type and drainage.

A tree's age will largely determine its ability to recover. A young, vigorous tree will be more likely to survive than an older one, though sometimes an older tree's deep roots will help it withstand the force of the damage.

Tree damage could include:

  • tree rollouts, where the whole tree has been uprooted
  • partially uprooted trees, where 10-50% of the roots on one side of the tree are exposed
  • trees on a severe lean or flat on the ground, where roots may be damaged but remain underground
  • trees that have been knocked to the ground by falling branches from windbreaks or shade trees
  • severe twisting and breakage at ground level
  • breakage of the main trunk from ground level and above
  • breakage of primary and secondary limbs
  • sunburn on exposed branches, stems and trunks.

This guide gives you advice on how to deal with cyclone-damaged fruit and nut trees.