Trees selection and planting
When selecting a new tree to plant, EWEB urges a "Right Tree, Right Place" approach.
By selecting a species that is a good match for the planting site, you can eliminate
hazards, reduce power outages, increase your family's safety and enjoy healthy,
Choose small trees (up to 25 feet in height) that will not interfere with overhead
lines or cause sidewalks to buckle. The following trees are "power line friendly,"
or suitable for growing near power lines:
- Beech, weeping purple
- Canada Red Chokecherry
- Cherry, flowering
- Columnar Spruce
- Dwarf Plum
- Galaxy Magnolia
- Globe Maple
- Golden Desert Ash
- Goldenchain Tree
- Hinoki Cypress
- Japanese Maple
- Japanese Snowball
- Royal Galaxy Magnolia
- Smoke Tree, purple
- Snowball Bush
- Weeping Hornbeam
- Weeping Spruce
To learn more about the trees recommended in the list above, visit the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute's
tree selection guide.
Front and side yards
Small to medium sized trees (up to 50 feet) are appropriate. Plant trees with spreading
crowns at least 25 feet away from wires, sidewalks and buildings; plant trees with
columnar or pyramidal forms at least 10 feet away.
Any size tree is OK, although trees with spreading crowns should be planted at least
25 feet from wires, sidewalks and buildings.
When landscaping, building a fence or other structure, please keep in mind that
utility workers need clear access to those big green boxes, which are pad-mounted
transformers for underground lines. Please keep at least six feet clear in front
of the opening side of the transformer. If the transformer fails and needs to be
worked on or replaced, the outage could be prolonged while crews remove the landscaping
that is in their way.
The longterm health of a tree depends on the type of tree and location you select,
as well as when and how you plant. Please see the International Society of Arboriculture
website for a list of eight simple steps that will help significantly reduce the
stress placed on the plant at the time of planting.