Trees worthy of our UtiliTrees designation are those best suited for planting in the restricted zone between street and sidewalk and beneath utility lines. All mature at heights unlikely to tangle with overhead lines.
Pedestrian-friendly branching is compact or vase-shaped to allow for pruning without destroying the shape of the tree. These disease and pest resistant cultivars are tolerant of varied soils, climates and urban growing conditions. Once established in the landscape, they require minimal maintenance
Planting appropriate trees in this constricted space can help reduce the billions of dollars spent each year on tree pruning and removal. Planting these recommended species and cultivars can help to prevent storm-related power outages and damage to utility transmission lines caused by inappropriately sited trees. Our guide presents 53 trees tailored to reduce the conflict between trees and utility lines.