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Planting Smart

You can help stop potential power line problems before they start. If you’re thinking about planting trees near a power line, or if you’re wondering whether an existing tree’s location is safe, contact our office at 800-933-7362 and arrange to have us take a look.

Remember to plant tall, narrow trees at least 30 feet or more from power lines. Trees that spread, including maples and oaks, should be planted at least 50 feet from the lines. Please follow the guidelines for planting trees around distribution lines.

Right Tree Place

Many trees will not grow tall enough to interfere with distribution lines. Some of these are:

  • Trident, Amur, Paperback and Tartarian Maple
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Crabapple
  • Hawthorne
  • Bristlecone Pine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Common Juniper
  • Staghorn and Smooth Sumac
  • Rose Acacia

On the other hand, plant tall-growing trees like these at least 60 feet from power lines:

  • Silver Maple
  • Norway Maple
  • Oak
  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • White Spruce
  • Most pines

Click here to see our Vegetation Management Program.


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