Selecting and planting the right tree
Before you plant a tree, get the facts. Find out how the tree will look five, 10 or even 50 years into the future. Knowing what height a tree will reach at maturity will help you make the right decisions now.
Recommended trees and plants
There are a limited number of trees and other plants recommended for planting near power lines. The recommendations below have low water requirements and can be safely planted near power lines since their height at maturity is rarely more than 20 feet unless heavily irrigated.
Here in our desert climate, we recommend the following:
- Cascalote (Caesalpinia cacalaco)
- Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
- Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana)
- Texas Mountain-Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
- Mexican Redbud (Cercis mexicana)
- Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
- Mulga (Acacia aneura)
- Mexican bird of paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana)
The illustration at the right provides some helpful guidelines for planting trees.
Remember, before you plant a tree, make sure you know where existing underground lines are located by calling 811. One call to this free service notifies the appropriate local utilities, which send technicians to the requested site to mark the approximate location of existing underground lines.
If you would like help choosing a tree, call SRP at (602) 236-8888 for a free brochure with additional information on approved desert shade trees for planting near power lines.
You may also contact your local nursery or state forester for additional information on proper tree selection and care.