By selecting the right tree and planting it in the right place, you can help reduce power outages for you and your neighbors.

Trees near power lines are a common cause of power outages. With a little planning and seasonal maintenance, trees and power lines can safely co-exist.

What to consider

Find the right tree. Trees come in all shapes and sizes and often change dramatically over their lifetimes. Before selecting your tree, make sure you know how tall, wide and deep its roots will reach at maturity. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation for information to help you choose the right tree for your property.


Utility-friendly trees are small trees, reaching 25 feet or less at maturity. This makes them less likely to interfere with electric power lines.

Choose the right spot. Where you plant your tree is as important as what type of tree you plant. You can increase energy efficiency by selecting a tree that shades your home in the summer. Be sure to plant the tree so it will continue to be a safe distance from existing utility lines as it grows to maturity. Taking the time to consider location now can prevent avoidable power disturbances for years to come.

Utility right of way. To provide you with safe and reliable electric service, we need to operate and maintain the power lines and our equipment. AES Ohio is required to clear trees and shrubs that may interfere with the safety and reliability of the electrical system. Customers should avoid planting trees on utility rights-of-way.

Put safety first. At AES Ohio, we always put safety first. It's important to avoid injury and damage to underground electrical, gas and other utility lines. Call the Ohio Utility Protection Service (OUPS) at 800-362-2764 at least two, and up to ten, business days before you start any kind of digging or construction on your property. A representative will identify underground lines on your property so you can avoid any problems. This free service prevents injuries and utility disruptions for your neighborhood.

Trees in the Miami Valley

Listed below are some common trees and plants in the Miami Valley, and recommendations on safe planting distances. We recommend you consult with your local nursery or arborist for specific recommendations for your property.

Trees should be planted 50' from utility lines Trees should be planted 20' from utility lines Ornamental trees with a mature height of 18' or less,  acceptable for planting near utility lines (outside the right-of-way) Ornamental shrubs should be planted to maintain a 10' clearance from AES Ohio poles & equipment at maturity
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Spruce
  • Washington Hawthorne
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Redbud
  • Dogwood
  • Crabapple
  • Purple Leaf Sand Cherry
  • Royal Purple Smoketree
  • Sargent Crabapple
  • Forsythia
  • Hydrangea
  • Lilac
  • Weigela
  • Viburnum

Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees. They offer a wealth of information on their website that you may find helpful: