Power-Friendly Trees Tips

Think Power Friendly When Planting Trees

Trees beautify homes and property, but care should be taken when planting trees near power lines. Each year, power outages are caused by storms that bring trees or limbs down on lines. You can help minimize outages by taking a "power friendly" approach in landscaping your property.

Avoid planting any tree under power lines. If you are planting within 30 feet of a power line, plant trees that will grow no higher than 25 feet. Larger trees should be planted more than 30 feet from lines. Remember to look at the power lines to your house, as well as the main line along the street or right-of-way.

Here are a few suggested power friendly trees:

  • Japanese Snowbell - 20 - 30 feet high and 25 feet wide
  • Japanese Tree Lilac - 20 - 30 feet high and 15 - 20 feet wide
  • Flowering Cherry - 15 - 30 feet high and 15 - 25 feet wide
  • Golden Desert Ash - 30 feet high and 20 feet wide
  • Goldenrain - 25 - 30 feet high and 30 - 35 feet wide
  • Serviceberry - 10 - 15 feet high and 15 feet wide
  • Flowering Plum – 15 – 30 feet high and 15 – 25 feet wide
  • Vine maple – 20 feet high and 20 feet wide
  • Amur Maple – 20 feet high and 20 feet wide

  • Contact Northern Wasco County PUD prior to planting for more information on power friendly trees.


    The 'Clear' Zone

    It is necessary for our employees to quickly locate these facilities and have sufficient space to perform work. Do not place objects, plants, shrubbery or trees in the "Clear Zone." The District's standard for clear zones regarding pad-mounted equipment is 10 feet from any part of the equipment that opens and 3 feet from non-opening parts of the equipment.


    Avoid planting trees that will grow within 10 feet of power lines at maturity. If your tree will mature to greater than 25 feet tall, place it more than 30 feet from power lines.