A man outside planting his plantsA man outside planting his plants

What can I plant near overhead power lines?

As a homeowner, you may be asking yourself what you can plant around power lines. Anything that reaches a max height of 15 feet is considered safe. Anything taller than that should not be planted under a power line. This generally means trees are a no-go, but shrubs and grasses are fine.

Plants that are generally OK: A 3 image display of how plants grow around power lines

  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Crab apple
  • Honeysuckle
  • Certain types of Sumac
  • Most shrubs

Plants to avoid:

  • Anything that grows over 15 feet tall
  • Maple tees
  • Oak trees
  • Spruce trees
  • Most pines

The graphic below explains the space needed to properly maintain your power lines. Safety is our top priority. If you have any trees near power lines, they could potentially cause a power outage in strong wind or ice storm, and pull down the lines and poles causing a safety hazard to you and WH linemen. WH offers tree trimming near power lines.

An image displaying how you should plant the right tree in the right place around your home and power lines