Lightning most commonly strikes isolated, exposed, or tall plants. Lightning kills bark or wood in a
long, vertical band and can cause plants to explode or burn. Lightning strikes can seriously damage roots
even though the damage on the aboveground portions of the plant appears relatively minor.
Lightning rods wired to the ground can be installed at the top of especially valuable, tall trees in
areas where lightning is prevalent. Have an expert inspect lightning-struck trees for root damage that
may cause the tree to fall.
White oak damaged by lightning