Tree Replacement Program
A replacement tree may be provided free of charge on qualifying yard trees which are removed to improve the safety and reliability of Middle Tennessee Electric’s power system. If a replacement is granted, Middle Tennessee Electric recommends the following trees for replacement of such removals. They are all proven performers for our area, and when properly planted, they will not interfere with the power lines. Other trees may also be appropriate replacement trees. Call a Middle Tennessee Electric vegetation management specialist at your local area office for more information or for planting advice.
The Kousa Dogwood is an elegant and carefree flowering tree reaching heights of 15 to 25 feet with a natural resistance to the Dogwood Anthracnose disease, unlike the native Flowering Dogwood. After the Kousa leafs out in early spring, white blooms explode to give a blizzard of color. Then, in the autumn season its green leaves brighten to reddish purple. Plant this tree 10 feet away from power lines.
The Jane Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a strong, singular trunk and dark green leaves. Its fragrant blooms, which appear in spring and range from white to pink to deep purple-pink, are shaped like large goblets or saucers. Plant in rich, moist, well-drained, acidic-to-neutral soil in sun or partial shade and at least 20 feet away from power lines.
The Crape Myrtle is a summer blooming favorite. Crisp white or bright red crinkled petals form cone-shaped flower clusters at the tips of the tree branches, which gently arch under their weight. The trunk is made of multiple branches that feature an attractive peeling bark. Plant in moderately moist, fertile soil in full sun. Plant this tree a minimum of 10 feet away from power lines.
The Okame Cherry produces beautiful, pink clusters of blooms in the spring and will add a colorful addition to your landscape. It grows well in full or partial sunlight and is very tolerant of many soil types and conditions. The Okame Cherry grows medium fast and can reach as high as 20-30 feet tall and wide. Plant this tree a minimum of 15 feet away from power lines.
The American Redbud produces dark purple-pink flower clusters in the spring. Its heart-shaped, blue-green leaves turn bronze, then golden in autumn before dropping for the winter. This woodland native thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or dappled shade. Plant at least 15 feet away from power lines.
Emerald Green Arborvitae
The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a pyramidal shaped evergreen with bright emerald green foliage. It can reach a height of 15 feet with a spread of three feet. They make an excellent screen and can grow at a quick rate. When young, the Emerald Arborvitae has a bright green color to its foliage, which darkens as the plant ages. It grows in a wide range of soils and prefers full sun. Plant this tree a minimum of 15 feet away from power lines.
The Nantucket Viburnum is a large shrub known for its showy clusters of fragrant, creamy white flowers in early spring, brilliant red fruit from August through early winter which matures to black and is fully evergreen in the south. It also displays superior heat and drought tolerance; and will grow to a mature height of 12 feet with an 8-foot spread.
Purple Leaf Plum
The Purple Leaf Plum is a beauty all year long. In early spring, this deciduous tree blooms with delicate, five-petaled, white or pink flowers. The deep purple leaves soon emerge, followed by small, dark fruit. The foliage maintains its richest color in full sun with moderately fertile, evenly moist soil. Plant at least 15 feet away from power lines.
The Amur Maple is a low growing variety of Maple reaching mature heights of 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 25 feet across the canopy width. The leaves are similar to the Red Maple in shape and color displaying brilliant autumn colors. The Amur is well adapted to Middle Tennessee soils and will grow well in full or partial sun. Plant in moist, well drained soils for maximum hardiness and full sun for maximum growth.