Planting Smart

Making smart choices about what to plant and where to plant it can go a long way toward making your property a safer place. For instance, no trees should be planted near high-voltage transmission lines. If you choose the right tree, however, it is safe to plant under or near distribution lines.
smart planting diagram

Choose the Right Tree

If you plant under or near power lines, make sure you choose a tree variety that won’t interfere with them, even when full-grown.

Good trees to plant:
  • Trident, Amur, Paperback or Tartarian Maple
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Crabapple
  • Hawthorne
  • Honeysuckle
  • Laburnum or Golden Chain Tree
  • Japanese Lilac Tree

Trees to avoid:
  • Silver, Sugar or Norway (including Crimson King) Maple
  • Honey locust, Elms, Horse chestnut and similar landscape trees
  • Oaks, Hickories, Walnut and similar forest/timber type trees
  • Willow and poplar species such as weeping willow, cottonwood or hybrid poplar
  • Most pines, spruces, and firs
  • Any other trees that grow quickly or have a mature height that may interfere with power lines
These trees grow too tall and would probably interfere with power lines.