Planting the Right Tree, in the Right Place
Planning ahead is important when you are thinking about planting a new tree. People often plant trees without thinking about how large they will grow once they mature. It’s difficult to imagine that the six- or eight-foot tree you plant today could grow as tall as 80 or 100 feet over time.
Our Right Tree, Right Place brochure can help you select a tree that is appropriate for the area you’re considering. This guide provides valuable tips and suggestions on how to plant the right tree in the right place to prevent the tree from growing into overhead powerlines.
When planting within 15 feet of an overhead powerline, you should choose large shrubs or small evergreens and hardwood trees with mature heights ranging from 15 to 30 feet (see Zone 1 - Small Trees chart below).
Always Call 811 Before You Dig
No matter what type of tree you purchase and where you plan to plant it, always be sure to call before you dig. The depth of underground utilities (i.e. electricity, natural gas, water, cable and telephone service) varies.
When you dial 811, Kentucky 811 will coordinate with its member utility companies in your area to have the underground service lines marked. LG&E and ODP are member utilities in all of the areas they serve. KU is a member utility in many areas, but, in some areas, you will need to make a call to KU to request to have underground electric service marked. To find out if KU is a member in the county where you will be planting your tree, use the drop-down list here. The utility companies will mark your yard using the American Public Works Association's standard utility color code — at no charge to you — to ensure you know where their service lines are buried.
Zone 1 - Small Trees Chart
|Species||Drained Soil||Moist Soil||Sun||Shade||Mature Height (ft.)||Value & Remarks|
|Junipers||*||*||30||Keteleeri, Canaerti, Columnaris|
|Arborvitae||*||*||*||20||Techny, American, Emerald|
|Paperbark Maple||*||*||25||Exfoliating bark|
|Serviceberry||*||*||Semi||30||White flowers; orange-red fall color|
|Redbud||*||*||*||Semi||35||Purplish flowers in spring|
|Fringetree||*||*||Semi||30||White blooms in spring|
|Dogwoods||*||Semi||Semi||40||White or pink blooms|
|Kousa Dogwoods||*||*||Semi||20||Good resistance|
|Cornelian cherry dogwood||*||*||Semi||20||Yellow flowers - early spring|
|Smoke tree||*||*||30||Green- and red-leafed varieties|
|Winter king hawthorn||*||Semi||*||Semi||35||Red berries in winter|
|Royal star magnolia||*||Semi||*||Semi||20||White blooms in spring|
|Sweetbay magnolia||*||Semi||*||Semi||30||Tulip-like blossoms in spring|
|Ann magnolia||*||Semi||*||Semi||25||Pinkish-white tulip flowers in spring|
|Flowering Crabs||*||Semi||*||25||Choose disease-resistant|
|Japanese tree lilac||*||*||30||White blooms late spring|
|Red buckeye||*||Semi||*||Semi||25||Red blooms|
|Akebono flowering cherry||*||*||25||Pinkish-white flowers in spring|
|Carolina silverbell||*||*||*||25||White bell-like flowers in spring|
|American hornbeam||*||*||*||*||35||Ky. native; beech-like foliage|
|Paw paw||*||*||*||*||20||Tropical-like foliage, edible fruit|
|Witch hazel||*||*||Semi||15||Winter bloomer|
|Hop-hornbeam||*||Semi||*||Semi||35||Good native ornamental tree|
|Crepe Myrtle||*||*||15||Train into multi-trunk flowering tree|