What is the right tree to plant near utility equipment?

Nobody wants a bad haircut. Trees don’t either.

However, if the wrong tree is planted too close to electric power lines, they will need to be trimmed for safety’s sake.

To avoid the not-so-pretty chop job, be sure to plant the right tree in the right place.When planting this spring, consider the mature height of trees. Never plant a tree near a power line that could grow within 25 feet of it. Tall growing trees should be planted a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines, and 50 feet away to avoid future pruning. A mature height of less than 15 feet is recommended for trees planted near power lines.

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry has an approved street tree list that can help guide you. If you have questions about a tree variety, contact us or your local arborist.