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Planting Guide

Taller Trees
The following is a guide to the appropriate planting distances from distribution power lines for a variety of trees and shrubs. This is a partial list, and not all trees are suitable for urban areas. Also, avoid planting softwood trees (such as pines and willows), as these are susceptible to storm damage and may fall onto the lines. Our staff will be happy to consult with property owners and municipalities in choosing the appropriate species. Bear in mind that even if these guidelines are followed, branches may grow into utility lines and must be cleared, and trees that may be diseased or dying might eventually require removal. No plantings may take place in our Transmission line easements without consulting Central Hudson.

Low Height (plant at least 15 feet from lines) Height at maturity
Rose Sargent’s Crabapple
10’ – 15’
Kousa Dogwood
15’ – 18’
Japanese Maple
15’ – 20’
Trinity Flowering Pear
15’ – 20’
Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn
15’ – 20’
Red or White  Flowering Dogwood
15’ – 25’
Kwanzan Cherry
15’ – 25’
Purple Leaf Flowering Plum
15’ – 25’
Lavalle Hawthorn
15’ – 25’
Tatarian Maple
18’ – 20’
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
18’ – 20’
Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
18’ – 20’
Shantung, Amur and Globe Norway  Maple
20’ - 25’
White Fringe Tree
20’ - 25’
Ohio Pioneer Dotted Hawthorn
20’ - 25’
Eastern Redbud
20’ - 25’
Upright Siberian and Jackii Siberian Crabapple
20’ - 25’
Snowdrift Crabapple
20’ - 25’
Japanese Tree Lilac
20’ - 25’
Medium Height (plant at least 20 feet from lines)
Height at maturity
Hedge Maple
20’ – 30’
Sentinel and Centurion Crabapple
20’ – 30’
Pyramidal American Hornbeam
20’ – 40’
Apple Serviceberry
25’ – 35’
Allegheny Serviceberry
25’ – 35’
Spring Snow Crabapple
25’ – 35’
European Mountain Ash
25’ – 35’
Washington Hawthorn
25’ – 35’
Tall Height (plant at least 45 feet from lines)
Height at maturity
American Hophornbeam
25’ – 40’
Downy Shadblow
30’ – 35’
Columnar Sargent Cherry
30’ – 40’
Imperial Honey Locust
30’ – 40’
Crimson Sentry Maple
30’ – 40’
American Hornbeam
30’ – 40’
European Hornbeam
30’ – 40’
Redspire Callery Pear
30’ – 40’
Golden Rain Tree
30’ – 40’
Amur Cork Tree
30’ – 40’
Thornless Honey Locust
30’ – 60’
European Larch
30’ – 60’
Armstrong Red Maple 
35’ – 40’
Goldenspire Sugar Maple
35’ – 40’
Sweetbay Magnolia
35’ – 40’
Autumn Blaze Callery Pear
35’ – 40’
Chanticleer Callery Pear
35’ – 40’
Greenspire Little-leaf Linden
35’ – 40’
Crimson King Norway Maple
35’ – 40’
Parkway Norway Maple
40’ – 50’
Heritage River Birch
40’ – 50’
Katsura Tree
40’ – 50’
Legend American Linden
50’ – 60’
Village Green Japanese Zelkova
50’ – 60’
Autumn Flame Red Maple
50’ – 75’
Green Mountain Sugar Maple
50’ – 75’
Copper Beech
50’ – 80’
Princeton Sentry Ginkgo
50’ – 80’
Shademaster Honey Locust
60’ – 70’
Dawn Redwood
65’ – 80’
Shagbark Hickory
65’ – 80’
White Pine
100’ +

Shrubs and Shorter Trees
Shrubs and low-growing species less than 20 feet tall at maturity may be planted beneath utility lines. Our staff will be happy to consult with property owners and municipalities in choosing the appropriate species. Bear in mind that even if these guidelines are followed, branches may grow into utility lines and must be trimmed. No plantings may take place in our Transmission line easements without consulting Central Hudson.

Shrubs and Shorter Trees Height at maturity
Mountain Laurel
5’ – 6’
Winterberry
6’ – 8’
Flowering Almond
6’ – 10’
Nanking Cherry
6’ – 10’
Arrowwood
6’ – 10’
Hatfield Yew   
6’ – 12’
Red Osier Dogwood
7’ – 9’
Gray Dogwood
8’ – 10’
Forsythia
8’ – 10’
Japanese Flowering Quince
8’ – 10’
Dwarf Norway Spruce
8’ – 12’
Burning Bush
8’ – 12’
Upright Japanese Yew
10’ – 12’
Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce
10’ – 15’
Mary Potter Crabapple
10’ – 15’
Siberian Pea Shrub
10’ – 15’
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
10’ – 15’
Blue Hollies
10 – 15’
Chinese Witch Hazel   
10’ – 15’
Rhododendron
10’ – 20’
Star Magnolia
10’ – 20’
Hopa Crabapple
12’ – 18’
Siberian Arborvitae
12’ – 18’
Fringetree
15’ – 18’
Purple Leaf Flowering Plum
15’ – 20’
Red Flowering Dogwood
15’ – 20’
Eastern Redbud
15’ – 20’
White Flowering Dogwood
15’ – 20’
Kousa Dogwood
16’ – 18’