A tree that has taken hundreds of years to grow can be turned into splinters in an instant by a bolt of lightning. To avoid this devastation, we designed lightning protection systems for large trees. Trees that have a high potential for a lightning strike are usually (but not always) the tallest objects around or found standing alone on open hillsides.
Some trees can survive a lightning strike. However, a tree’s ability to recover depends on the tree’s species, health, and moisture levels as well as the lightning’s power. In a severe situation, a tree could pose danger to your property and may need to be removed entirely.