When you have electrical wires going along your city streets or above certain areas you’d like to beautify, you want to ensure you’re planting trees that aren’t going to become maintenance issues as they grow to full maturity near these wires.
In this case, you have to think less about today and more about how the tree you’re planting will look in 10 or more years down the road. These two types will be perfect for your most limited planting areas.
If you are looking for a showy, small tree with attractive form, foliage, and bark in USDA zones 4 to 8, as well as great fall color, then the serviceberry is for you. Plant it 6 to 10 feet out from power lines and it promises to not get in the way as it grows.
On top of being a great size for these areas only reaching a height and spread of 15 feet to 25 feet, the serviceberry provides multiple seasons of interest – from delicate white flowers in March and April to berry-like reddish-purple fruit in summer to vivid red and gold shades in fall.
This small, disease-resistant flowering tree boasts dark green foliage and upright branches. In spring, you can expect red buds to open to whitish-pink blossoms followed by small, red fruits.
The upright shape of the Adirondack crabapple makes it a great addition to any smaller, sunny space in USDA zones 4 to 8.