Tree Planting and Powerlines

Planting a tree near overhead power lines?

Eversource suggests the following trees to plant near overhead power lines.  These are all low-growing trees that are less-likely to interfere with overhead lines as they grow.

 

  • Hedge Maple (Acer campestre)
    • 25-30-ft tall
    • 20-30-ft wide
    • Golden fall color
  • Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 10-15-ft wide
    • Beautiful birch-like bark
  • Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 6-15-ft wide
    • Red leaves
  • Korean Maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 6-12-ft wide
    • Excellent fall color
  • Three Flower Maple (Acer triflorum)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 15-20-ft wide
    • Multi-colored fall foliage
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 15-25-ft wide
    • Showy flowers early
  • American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 20-30-ft wide
    • Multi-colored fall foliage
  • Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 20-30-ft wide
    • Early spring purple flowers
  • Hinoki Falsecypress “Nana” (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
    • 10-20-ft tall
    • 10-20-ft wide
    • Unique needles and shape
  • White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
    • 12-20-ft tall
    • 10-20-ft wide
    • Fantastic low-hanging flowers
  • Japanese Clethra (Clethra barbinervis)
    • 10-20-ft tall
    • 10-15-ft wide
    • Butterflies love the flowers
  • Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 20-25-ft wide
    • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 10-20-ft wide
    • Beautiful flowers in June
  • Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 15-20-ft wide
    • Very early yellow flowers
  • Common Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
    • 10-15-ft tall
    • 10-15-ft wide
    • Purple leaves, cool flowers
  • Witch Hazel (Hammamelis intermedia)
    • 10-15-ft tall
    • 10-15-ft wide
    • Flowers in winter
  • Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
    • 8-15-ft tall
    • 6-12-ft wide
    • Gorgeous flowers
  • Amur Maackia (Maackia amurensis)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 20-25-ft wide
    • Late summer flowers
  • Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 15-25-ft wide
    • White to pink flowers
  • Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
    • 15-20-ft tall
    • 10-15-ft wide
    • Fragrant white flowers
  • Royal Raindrops Crabapple (Malus transitoria)
    • 15-20-ft tall
    • 12-16-ft wide
    • Purple leaves, pink flowers
  • Persian Ironwood(Parrotia persica)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 15-30-ft wide
    • Hardy, early spring flowers
  • Swiss Stone Pine “Glauca” (Pinus cembra)
    • 12-20-ft tall
    • 8-15-ft wide
    • Slow-growing, beautiful shape
  • Bosnian Pine “Irish Bell” (Pinus leucodermis)
    • 8-12-ft tall
    • 8-12-ft wide
    • Dark green needles
  • “Little Twist” Cherry (Prunus incisa)
    • up to 6-ft tall
    • up to 6-ft wide
    • Pinkish flowers with zigzag branching
  • Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamelia)
    • 15-25-ft tall
    • 10-20-ft wide
    • Beautiful flowers and exfoliating bark
  • Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)
    • 20-30-ft tall
    • 15-20-ft wide
    • Hummingbirds and butterflies love it
  • Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)
    • 10-30-ft tall
    • 3-6-ft wide
    • Great screening plant
  • Linden viburnum “Michael Dodge” (Viburnum dilatatum)
    • 5-6-ft tall
    • 4-6-ft wide
    • Amazing yellow berries
  • Blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
    • 12-15-ft tall
    • 6-12-ft wide
    • Attracts birds and butterflies

*List taken from Eversource poster “Planting a Tree?”, April 2018