Trees to plant

One of the first and best things you can do to reduce the risk caused by trees near power lines is to think carefully before you plant.

There are a variety of shrubs and trees suitable for planting near power lines. Consider the significant benefits of using a mix of exotic and native plants. They will provide you with shelter, low maintenance, a habitat for pollinators and resistance to drought.

 Native plantings cropped


Be mindful of the ongoing maintenance required to ensure that trees remain clear of the power lines. Fast growing species such as Willows, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Prunus to name a few, cause problems as they can easily grow two to three metres or more in a growing season.

 Fast growing trees crop


The only way in which fast growing species can be managed is by having them cut twice a year, cutting them a greater distance from the power lines or having them completely removed. The natural shedding of bark and/or limbs by certain species of trees also causes undue risk to power lines.


 Examples of trees not to plant near power lines include:

  • Willow - all species
  •  Eucalyptus - all species
  • Poplar - all species
  • Prunus (Plums)
  • Hawthorn
  • Elderberry
  • Silverbirch
  • Elm
  • Oak
  • Maytenus.

If you have a question that isn't covered here, see our frequently asked questions.

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