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​When planting a tree, it is important to select one that has suitable characteristics for the location.  No one tree is perfect for all locations.

Plant trees near power lines according to the height and width of the mature tree (See diagram below). 

  • Leave at least one-metre clearance from the nearest power line (wire) – Clear Zone
  • Dwarf hedges and shrubs may be planted one metre from the nearest power line – Zone 1
  • Beyond 4.5 metres, plant short and medium height trees – Zone 2
  • Beyond seven metres, plant tall trees – Zone 3


Please remember to contact Alberta One Call at 1.800.242.3447 to arrange for the marking of the location of buried facilities before a ground disturbance takes place.

It’s also important to consider Utility Rights-of-Way when planning trees. Read more about Utility Rights-of-Way.


Shorter trees
  • Apple
  • Hawthorn
  • Pear
  • Schubert Cherry
  • Ussurain Pear
  • Flowering Crabapple
  • Japanese Tree Lilac
  • Plum
  • Tree Form Mugo Pine
Medium trees
  • Bristle Cone Pine
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • River Birch
  • Tartarian Maple
  • European Mountain Ash
  • Pin Cherry
  • Showy Mountain Ash
  • Youngs Weeping Birch
Tall trees
  • Amur Cherry
  • Basswood
  • Chokecherry
  • Elm
  • Manitoba Maple
  • Paper Birch
  • Poplar
  • Spruce
  • Ash
  • Bur Oak
  • Cut-Leaf Weeping Birch
  • Larch
  • Mayday
  • Pine
  • Silver Maple
  • Willow

Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).