By selecting the right tree and planting it in the right place, you can help reduce power outages and flickers for you and your neighbors. Here’s what to consider when planting:


safe planting distance

1. Find the right tree.

Trees come in all shapes and sizes and often change dramatically over their lifetimes. Before selecting your tree, make sure you know how tall, wide and deep its roots will reach at maturity. Visit the National Arbor Day Foundation for information to help you choose the right tree for your property.

2. Choose the right spot.

Where you plant your tree is as important as what type of tree you plant. You can increase energy efficiency by selecting a tree that shades your home in the summer. Be sure to plat the tree so it will continue to be a safe distance from existing utility lines as it grows to maturity. Taking the time to consider location now can prevent avoidable power disturbances for years to come.

Utility Right of Ways

To provide you with safe and reliable electric service, we need to operate and maintain the power lines and our equipment. DP&L is required to clear trees and shrubs that may interfere with the safety and reliabilty of the electrical system. Customers should avoid planting trees on utility right-of-ways.

3. Put Safety First.

At DP&L, we always put safety first. It's important to avoid injury and damage to underground electrical, gas and other utility lines. Call the Ohio Utiliy Protection Service (OUPS) at 800-362-2764 2-10 business days before you start any kind of digging or construction on your property. A representative will identify underground lines on your property so you can avoid any problems. This free service prevents injuries and utility disruptions for your neighborhood.

Trees in the Miami Valley

DP&L's arborist offers safe distance guidance for some common trees and plants in the Miami Valley. We recommend you consult with your local nursery or arborist for specific recommendations.

Trees should be planted 50' from utility lines

Trees should be planted 20' from utility lines

Ornamental trees acceptable for planting near utility lines* (outside the right of way)

Ornamental shrubs should be planted to maintain a 10' clearance from DP&L poles & equipment at maturity

Maple Washington Hawthorne Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Forsythia
Oak Golden Rain Tree Royal Purple Smoketree Hydrangea
Pine Redbud Sargent Crabapple Lilac
Spruce Dogwood   Weigela
  Crabapple   Viburnum

*Mature height of 18' or less

Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees. They offer a wealth of information on their website that could be helpful for customers: