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Tree planting guide

Trees and power lines often coexist without problems. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions when planting a tree.

Not only do dangers lurk for the person planting the tree, nearby power lines and trees can be harmed as well. Trees growing too close to electrical lines are the primary cause of momentary short circuits and flickering lights. When it storms, tree limbs that are too close to power lines can knock the lines out completely and create a greater threat to your safety.

Overhead utility lines are the easiest to see and probably the ones we take for granted most. Although these lines look harmless enough, they are extremely dangerous.

Meanwhile, underground utility lines can be buried very close to the ground’s surface. That’s why it’s so important to call 811 before you dig.

Tree Types

The taller a tree will become, the further it needs to be from overhead lines.

  • SMALL | <20 FT

    If planting within 15 feet of power lines

    common-hawthorne
    flowering-crabapple
    flowering-dogwood
    redbud
    serviceberry
    sweetbay-magnolia
    wafer-ash
  • MEDIUM | 25-50 FT

    Plant minimum 20 feet from overhead lines

    american-arborvitae
    common-hawthorne-evergreens
    false-cypress
    flowering-crabapple
    flowering-dogwood
    japanese-yew
    junipers
    redbud
    serviceberry
    sweetbay-magnolia
    wafer-ash
  • LARGE | 40+ FT

    Plant 50+ feet away from overhead lines

    austrian-pine
    blue-spruce
    ginkgo
    linden-basswood
    london-plane
    norway-maple
    oak
    sugar-maple-evergreens
    sweetgum
    white-firs
    white-pine

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Trees not suitable near power lines

Catalpa • Carolina Poplar • Silver Maple • Boxelder • Willow • Siberian Elm • Black Locust • Cottonwood Tree of Heaven • Mulberry • Elm species

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