"This storm hit every variety of tree there is, and it could take anywhere from one to 10 years to get the trees back to looking acceptable," Bizzell said.
Nearly every tree in Charleston, home of the annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival, was also damaged.
"The bigger trees were what were hit most because they're so top-heavy. I'm an eternal optimist, and I think the dogwoods will leaf out," said Claudia Arington, executive director of Charleston Chamber of Commerce.
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