Tree Planting Advice

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Tree Planting Advice

The right tree in the right place

There are lots of great benefits to having trees in our communities. That’s why we work with you to find trees that work well near power lines. We want to make sure your family stays safe and avoid unnecessary power outages.

To help you choose the right trees, Nova Scotia Power and our partner Landscape Nova Scotia created the Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place program. Together, we’ll help you find safe ways to use trees when landscaping near power lines.

What to plant

Many trees are safe to plant near power lines:

  • Young’s Weeping Birch
  • Weeping Siberian
  • Pea-Shrub
  • Catalpa Umbrella Tree
  • Globe Maples
  • Service Berry
  • White Fringetree
  • Toba Hawthorn
  • Purple Weeping Beech
  • Tree Form Hydrangea
  • Kwanzan Cherry
  • Newport Plum
  • Weeping Mulberry
  • Weeping Goat Willow
  • Witchhazel
  • Japanese Maples
  • Japanese Stewartia
  • Golden Chain Tree


  • Emerald Cedar
  • Holmstrup Cedar
  • Unicorn Cedar
  • Moffet Blue Juniper
  • Skyrocket Juniper
  • Ontario Green Juniper
  • Spartan Juniper
  • Dwarf White Pine
  • Dwarf Ohlendorffii Spruce
  • Dwarf Serbian Spruce
  • Nest Spruce
  • Montgomery Blue Spruce

Flowering Crabapples

  • Candymint
  • Madonna
  • Pink Spires
  • Prairie Fire
  • Profusion
  • Indian Magic
  • Selkirk
  • Snowdrift
  • Weeping Flowering Crab
  • Red Splendor


  • Alexandrina
  • Betty
  • Dr. Merrill
  • Royal Star
  • Susan
  • Lenard Messel
  • Saucer

Flowering Dogwoods

  • Satomi
  • Kousa Chinensis

Making the right tree choices offers great benefits

  •  You’ll help prevent safety hazards and power outages. You’ll also reduce the need for tree and limb cutting around power lines.
  •  Trees screen and buffer utility lines in residential areas and have a direct effect on the environment by removing carbon dioxide, generating oxygen and capturing dust and smog particles.
  •  Trees have cooling effects through providing shade during the hot summer months and reduce energy costs for air-conditioning and water use.
  •  Large trees promote wildlife habitats in our communities.