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Right Tree, Right Place

*Due to the specific requirements concerning vegetation near transmission lines, please read the information on the Transmission System page and contact the vegetation management department before planting any trees or shrubs within a PSE&G transmission right-of-way.

When selecting trees to plant underneath or near utility pole lines, it’s important to select smaller trees to minimize conflicts with overhead electrical construction equipment and wires. With smaller trees, the need for line clearance pruning is minimized or eliminated altogether.

The following list of trees should be compatible with overhead Distribution facilities. Local conditions should prevail in selecting the species in any specific location:

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 Malus “Narragansett”
Crabapple, Prairifire Malus ‘Prairifire’
Crabapple, Red Bud Flowering Maluszumni calocarpa
Crabapple, Snow Drift Malus ‘Snowdrift’
Crabapple, Sugar Tyme Malus ‘Sutyzam’
Dogwood, Celestial* Cornus “Rutdan”
Dogwood, Constellation* Cornus “Rutcan”
Dogwood, Kousa Cornus kousa
Dogwood, Kousa National Cornus kousa ‘National’
Dogwood, Ruth Ellen* Cornus “Rutlan”
Dogwood, Stellar Pink* Cornus “Rutgan”
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
Sourwood Oxydendrum arboretum
Stewartia, Korean Stewartia koreana

* - Trees may grow over 25 feet in height and will need to be trimmed in order to maintain a height that does not exceed 25 feet. Not all of these species are suitable to plant in the border zone of the Transmission system.  

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