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Right Tree, Right Place

Our tree trimming practices balance the importance trees have on the environment with providing safe, reliable electric service.

By planting the right tree in the right place, you can help preserve your community’s trees while also serving utility customers.

Consider the Following When Selecting a Tree

  • Height. Will it come within 10 feet of power lines when it’s fully grown?
  • Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow?
  • Growth rate. A slow growing-species is typically stronger and lives longer than fast-growing species.
  • Form or shape. A columnar tree grows in less space. Round or V-shaped trees provide more shade.

Tree Types

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

Small (Mature to <20 Feet Tall)

Appropriate for planting under and within 15 feet of power lines

  • Flowering Crabapple
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Redbud
  • Flowering Cherry
  • Serviceberry
  • Common Hawthorn

Medium (Mature to 25-50 Feet Tall)

Plant minimum 20 feet from overhead lines

  • Evergreens (up to 30 feet)
  • Arborvitae
  • Junipers
  • Japanese Yew
  • Cypress species
  • Holly

Large (Mature to 40+ Feet Tall)

Plant 50+ feet away from overhead lines

  • Oaks
  • Sweetgum
  • Maples
  • Pines
  • Firs and Spruces
  • Yellow Poplar
  • Willows

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