Carefully consider your tree’s surroundings

Proper tree and site selection provide trouble-free beauty and pleasure for years to come. Trees need space to grow both above and below ground.

Avoid conflicts with power lines

For long-term enjoyment of trees and to avoid pruning or removal, use small trees when planting under or near power lines. Plant larger, house-shading trees far away from power lines.


When planting near distribution lines, plant only small trees that will grow no taller than 25 feet at maturity. When planting near transmission lines, plant only low-growing shrubs under the wire zone and only grasses within the tower cage. Along the border of the transmission line right-of-way, plant only small trees or shrubs no taller than 10 feet.


Near power distribution towers, plant trees that will grow no taller than 25 feet. Under power lines, plant low-growing shrubs. Along transmission line right-of-ways, plant only small trees or shrubs no taller than 10 feet.


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