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Plan Before You Plant

When planting trees on your property, make sure to plant the right tree in the right place.

Graphic: Plant trees in the proper zone based on their height and distance from polls.Trees and power lines don’t mix. When they touch, it can cause everything from power outages, fires and downed lines, to safety hazards for people, wildlife, and even the trees themselves.

Tree branches too close to power lines must be trimmed, and adequate trimming can’t always be done in ways that retain the natural aesthetics of the tree.

Low-growing trees that won’t grow to be greater than 25 feet high, such as crabapple, dogwood, hawthorn, plum, and arborvitae, can be planted near roadside power lines.

Medium-sized trees, maturing at heights of 30-45 feet, can be planted between 15 and 30 feet from power lines.  Such trees include ornamental pear, yellow wood, magnolia, hornbeam and shadblow.

Large-growing trees, reaching heights of more than 45 feet, should be planted at least 30 feet from power lines. Oak, maple, hickory, spruce, and pine are some examples.

Check out our 'Plan Before You Plant' information sheet for more about which types of trees are low to tall-growing.