8.5 Foot Wide and Greater Planting Spaces Without High Voltage Power Lines

This list provides options for tree selection when planting in 8.5 foot wide and greater planting spaces without high voltage power lines.

Measure the width of the planting site from the inside of the curb to the edge of the sidewalk. Use this list for 8.5 foot wide and greater planting spaces without high voltage power lines. Other types of overhead wires are okay to plant under unless specified. Trees on this list are generally 50 - 100 ft (height) x 30 - 60 ft (width) at maturity. 

This list is also for all unimproved right-of-way sites (curb with no sidewalk; or no curb and no sidewalk; or no curb, no sidewalk, and no paved road) WITHOUT overhead high voltage power lines.

Tree Type
Common Name
Scientific Name

(height x width)
Bald Cypress
Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum
65 x 30fall colorDeciduous conifer. Feathery foliage turns orange/cinnamon in fall.

Fernleaf Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'

Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Atropurpurea' 

Rivers Purple Beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii'

60 x 50


Grand, stately tree with smooth, silver-grey bark. 'Asplenifolia'   features interesting leaf shape, while 'Atropurpurea' and 'Riversii' have summer leaves in shades of purple.

Northern Catalpa
Catalpa speciosa
50 x 30wildlife flowersFast growing tree with very large leaves and large clusters of white   and purple, orchid-like flowers.
Spanish Chestnut
Castanea sativa
70 x 50wildlifeFaster growing, stout tree which develops deeply ridged bark with   age. Edible chestnuts ripen in October.

Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus 

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS' 

True North™ Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus 'UMNSynergy'

60 x 40

fall color

Large, double-compound leaves give a tropical appearance during   summer months. Straight species will produce seed pods. Cultivars are seedless.

Pseudotsuga menziesii
100 x 30native evergreen wildlifeNative, fast growing and stately with deep green foliage and deeply furrowed brown bark. Requires ample growing space.
Davidia involucrata
50 x 30flowers
part shade
Medium sized, spreading tree with delicate white flower bracts that resemble doves fluttering in the springtime breeze.

Jefferson American Elm
Ulmus americana 'Jefferson'

Princeton American Elm
Ulmus americana 'Princeton' 

65 x 55

fall color

Classic American elm form with faster growth rate, glossy green leaves turning yellows in the fall. These cultivars selected for good Dutch elm disease resistance.

Accolade® Elm
Ulmus 'Morton'
60 x 50fall colorAsian elm hybrid with moderate growth rate, classic elm shape and yellow fall foliage. Resistant to Dutch elm disease.
Triumph Elm
Ulmus 'Morton Glossy'
55 x 45fall colorAsian elm cultivar, with moderate growth rate, initially upright becoming more vase shaped with age.
Patriot Elm
Ulmus 'Patriot'
50 x 40fall colorLarger form Asian elm cultivar with moderate growth rate, dark green leaves, exceptional yellow fall foliage. Drought, pest and Dutch elm disease resistant.
Grand Fir
Abies grandis
80 x 25native evergreen wildlife
part shade
Native that grows well in shade. Crushed needles smell like tangerines.
Spanish Fir
Abies pinsapo
50 x 30evergreenSlower growing, pyramidal conifer with dark green bristly needles   covering branches and twigs for an interesting visual effect.

Emperor Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba 'Emperor'
Presidential Gold®  Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba 'The President'

50 x 40

fall color

Slow growing but unique and elegant tree with golden yellow fall   color. These fruitless cultivars are the right size for larger planting  strips. 

Celtis occidentalis
50 x 45wildlife
fall color
unique bark
Faster growing and adaptable to poor soil conditions. Yellow fall color and interesting rough corky bark with age.

Western Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla

80 x 30

native evergreen

Native with moderate growth rate. Needles have a graceful, feathery quality. Sensitive to heat and drought. Well suited for a shady location.

Incense Cedar
Incense Cedar
Calocedrus decurrens
60 x 20evergreenAromatic evergreen conifer with a naturally narrow form. Grows best in full sun with well drained soil.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
50 x 30fall color
part shade
Heart shaped leaves turn gold, orange, red and smell like cotton candy in the fall. Fares better with moist, well drained soil and a site with partial shade as bark is susceptible to sunscald.
Cucumber Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata
50 x 40-Fast growing, large-form stately magnolia with creamy yellow flowers. Requires ample growing space.
Oregon Myrtle
Umbellularia californica
60 x 60evergreen wildlifeBroadleaf evergreen with bay-like scent. Native to southern Oregon.
Sawtooth Oak
Quercus acutissima
50 x 40wildlife
fall color
Fast growing oak with uniquely shaped shiny green leaves turning   yellows in the fall.
Swamp White Oak
Quercus bicolor
60 x 50wildlifeModerate growing oak with leaves turning yellow, bronze, and red in the fall. Bark becomes deeply furrowed with age.
Canyon Live Oak
Quercus chrysolepis
55 x 30evergreen wildlifeFaster growing, evergeen oak with excellent drought resistance.
Scarlet Oak
Quercus coccinea
60 x 45wildlife
fall color
Slower growing oak which displays brilliant shades of bright scarlet   fall color.
Oregon White Oak
Quercus garryana
65 x 45native wildlifeNative, slow-growing oak which eventually develops a capacious crown and a stately presence.
Holly Oak
Quercus ilex
50 x 50evergreen wildlifeFaster growing evergreen oak with holly-like leaves and excellent   drought tolerance.
California Black Oak
Quercus kelloggii
60 x 45wildlife
fall color
Faster growing oak with golden fall color.
Valley Oak
Quercus lobata
50 x 40wildlifeLarge, spreading canopy and picturesque twisting limbs.
Bur Oak
Quercus macrocarpa
70 x 45wildlifeFaster growing with dark green foliage.
Willow Oak
Quercus phellos
50 x 40wildlife
fall color
Faster growing with bronze fall foliage.
Red Oak
Quercus rubra
50 x 45wildlife
fall color
Faster growing with impressively red fall foliage.
Shumard Oak
Quercus shumardii
75 x 55wildlife
fall color
Faster growing with red, copper, bronze fall foliage.
Cork Oak
Quercus suber
60 x 60evergreen wildlifeFast growing evergreen oak with thick, corky bark.
Southern Live Oak
Quercus virginiana
70 x 70evergreen wildlifeMajestic, long-lived evergreen tree.
Interior Live Oak
Quercus wislizenii
50 x 40evergreen wildlifeEvergreen, slow growing, heat and drought tolerant.
Japanese Pagodatree
Styphnolobium japonicum 
65 x 40wildlife flowersFaster growing when young. Attractive compound foliage and fragrant late summer flowers.

Bloodgood London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Bloodgood' 

Columbia London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Columbia'

Liberty London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Liberty' 

Exclamation™ London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Morton Circle'

Yarwood London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Yarwood'

55 x 40

unique bark

Fast growing with a stout trunk displaying bark peeling in colorful patches of cream, brown and grey. These cultivars are anthracnose resistant. Requires ample growing space from root to shoot.

Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
75 x 30fall colorDeciduous relative to coast redwood. Needles turn yellow to orange  before dropping in the fall.
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
100 x 30evergreen
unique bark
Native to southern Oregon and Northern California. Has deep green needles and a soft spongy red bark. Needs ample growing space.
Giant Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
80 x 50evergreen
unique bark
Very fast growing conifer with bluish-green awl shaped needles and thick spongy bark. Trunk will grow very wide. Only plant in sites 12 feet wide or more. 

Liriodendron tulipifera

70 x 40

fall color

Large, strong, fast-growing tree with bright green tulip shaped   leaves, bright yellow flowers and deep yellow fall colors. 

English Walnut
Juglans regia 'Carpathian'
50 x 50wildlife
unique bark
A noble tree with distinctive silver-grey bark, aromatic leaves, and   edible nuts.
Western redcedar
Western Redcedar
Thuja plicata
70 x 25native
unique bark
part shade
Native, elegant conifer with distinctive reddish bark and a moderate growth rate. Water throughout summer to avoid drought stress- even for well established trees.