Mature height is the key attribute when selecting a suitable tree to
plant under power lines. Compatible species typically mature at 25’
tall or less. For power line easements residing between the street
and sidewalk, it is also important to consider the tree’s mature crown
width so that it does not obstruct vehicles or pedestrians. Keep in mind
that the soil in street side easements is often very low quality, so species
tolerant of drought, heat, and compaction are usually recommended.
Larger species are permissible outside the power line easement because
they are less likely to obstruct power lines and are more amenable to utility pruning
. An online selection program such as VA Street Tree Selector
or WI Powerline Plant Selector
can help you choose a species that is suitable for the conditions
found on your property.