VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- It's not easy being a tree on Virginia Beach's signature strip.

Trees planted along Atlantic Avenue are assaulted every year by strong winds carrying salt-laden seawater droplets. There aren't many species of trees that can survive in such an environment.

But that hasn't stopped city beautifiers from trying to provide a leafy canopy.

Today, London planetrees, topiary-like ligustrums and Chinese elms are planted in sidewalk wells along Atlantic Avenue.

Resort Advisory Commission vice chairman Billy Almond says the jury's still out on the beautification efforts.

Frank Fentress with the city's parks and recreation department tells The Virginian-Pilot that there's been a lot of progress. But there may never be tree-lined streets in Atlantic Avenue neighborhoods.

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