When planting trees near utility lines, choosing a low-growing tree that will mature at a height of 10 feet or less can enhance a home’s beauty and help ensure uninterrupted electric service. Other tips for selecting the right tree include:

1.

Avoid the following tree varieties near any overhead lines of any kind (these trees can be brittle, which makes them vulnerable to storm damage or susceptible to diseases and insects):

  • Black locust
  • Callery pear
  • Catalpa
  • Box elder
  • Elm (American and Siberian varieties)
  • Horsechestnut
  • Mulberry
  • Poplar (Carolina Lombardi or other hybrids)
  • Silver maple
  • Sycamore
  • Tree of heaven
  • White pine
  • Willow

2.

Grow tall trees (such as maple, oak, pine or spruce) at least 50 feet from the nearest residential overhead power line.

3.

Plant any medium-sized trees (those that grow to a height of 40 feet or less) 20 to 50 feet from power lines. These trees can include linden or magnolia.

4.

Make sure any tree that’s planted within 20 feet of a neighborhood power line grows only to a height of 25 feet or less. Good choices include flowering crabapple, dogwood or serviceberry.

5.

Avoid planting any tree directly beneath a power line.

Source: www.ArborDay.org

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