Plant the right tree in the right place


Trees beautify our neighborhoods, and when planted in the right spot, can even help lower energy bills. But the wrong tree in the wrong place can be a hazard…especially to power lines.

Large trees

Height/spread of more than 40 feet, such as:

  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Birch
  • Sweetgum
  • Linden

Medium trees

Height/spread of 25 to 40 feet, such as:

  • Washington hawthorn
  • Goldenrain tree
  • Eastern redbud
  • American arborviate
  • Dogwoods

Small trees

Avoid planting within 20 feet of power lines. When planting within 20 feet is unavoidable, use only shurbs and small trees.

Height/spread of no more than 25 feet, such as:

  • Star magnolia
  • Crabapple
  • Lilac

Always call Nebraska 811 before you dig to locate any buried utility lines: 800-331-5666. For more tips on smart tree planting in your community, contact the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum or visit


April 2017

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