Right Tree, Right Place

Lasting Beauty with Less Pruning

Selecting the right trees to plant near power lines can minimize or prevent the need for pruning.

Trees add beauty to our communities and also help reduce energy consumption. Over time, they can even increase your property value.

When choosing trees to plant on your property, be sure to select trees that won't interfere with power lines. Fallen branches and trees that contact power lines are among the top causes of outages.

Smaller trees minimize conflicts with overhead electrical equipment and wires. That means that these trees will be less likely to pose outage hazards.

Keep in mind that we may need to trim larger trees to ensure that they don't come into contact with power lines. As shown in the illustration below, larger trees may be safely planted farther away from electrical lines.

Community Seminars

PSE&G and The New Jersey Tree Foundation regularly hold a free seminar, "The Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way." The seminar covers information on trees and storms, bugs and pests, how to safely plant trees, and vegetation management policies.

Community organization leaders, county officials, as well as other interested parties are invited to attend. Periodically check the NJ Tree Foundation website for seminar advertising.

The Right Tree

The table below lists trees that should be compatible with overhead electric distribution equipment. Local conditions should prevail in selecting the species in any specific location. If you need help, try contacting your local shade tree commission.

Common Name

Botanical Name

Ash, Snowberry

Sorbus discolor

Cherry, Accolade Flowering

Prunus sargentii"Accolade"

Cherry, Amanogawa

Prunus serrulata"Amanogawa"

Cherry, Cornelian

Cornus mas

Crabapple, Red Baron

Malus"Red Baron"

Crabapple, Narragansett


Crabapple, Prairifire


Crabapple, Red Bud Flowering

Maluszumni calocarpa

Crabapple, Snow Drift


Crabapple, Sugar Tyme


Dogwood, Celestial*


Dogwood, Constellation*


Dogwood, Kousa

Cornus kousa

Dogwood, Kousa National

Cornus kousa"National"

Dogwood, Ruth Ellen*


Dogwood, Stellar Pink*


Dogwood, White Flowering

Cornus florida

Fringe Tree

Chionanthus virginicus

Golden Chain Tree

Laburnum anagyroides

Golden Raintree

Koelreuteria paniculata

Hawthorn, Crimson Cloud

Crataegus oxyacantha"Crimson Cloud"

Hawthorn, Crusader

Crataegus crus-galli inermis"Cruzam"

Hawthorn, Lavalle

Crataegus x lavallei

Hornbeam, Japanese*

Carpinus japonica

Ivory Silk Tree Lilac

Syringa amurensis japonica"Ivory Silk"

Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa amurensis japonica

Magnolia, Oyama

Magnolia sieboldii

Magnolia, Wada’s Memory*

Magnolia"Wada's Memory"

Maple, Amur

Acer ginnala"Flame"

Maple, Hedge*

Acer campestre

Maple, Japanese

Acer palmatum

Maple, Purpleblow

Acer truncatum

Maple, R. Slippers Amur

Acer ginnala"Ruby Slippers"

Maple, Tartarian

Acer tataricum

Pear, Korean Sun

Pyrus fauriei"Westwood"

Plum, Newport Purpleleaf

Prunus cerasifera"Newport"

Redbud, American

Cercis canadensis

Shadblow, Cumulus

Amelanchier laevis"Cumulus"

Shadblow, Pink

Amelanchier x grandiflora"Robin Hill"

Silverbell, Jersey Belle

Halesia carolina"Jersey Belle"

Silverbell, Magniflora Two-winged

Halesia diptera"Magniflora"

Snowbell, Japanese

Styrax japonicus


Oxydendrum arboretum

Stewartia, Korean

Stewartia koreana

* Tree may grow over 25 feet in height and need to be trimmed in order to maintain a height that does not exceed 25 feet.