Suitable plants to grow near powerlines

New trees should be planted at a distance from the powerline that is equal to the expected height of the tree.

For most plants the spread equals the height, so allow for adequate space for the plant to grow.

Looking for a Canberra gardening resource?

The ‘Australian Plants for the Canberra Region’ published by the Society for Growing Australian Plants have information specifically for Canberra. Your local garden centre will also have some local advice for plant choice.

Please note that the examples given below are only provided in the context of ActewAGL infrastructure. You should always check with Territory and Municipal Services for their current listing of declared plant pests before choosing what to plant.

Recommended plant varieties

D= deciduous     E= evergreen

Native to 2 metres

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Banksia Spinulosa var. Collina
[aka Hill Banskia, Golden Candlesticks]
(E)

Bauera Sessiliflora
[aka Grampians Bauera]
(E)

Callistemon Citrinus Purple
[aka Melaleuca Citrina - Common Red, Crimson or Lemon Bottlebrush] 
(E)

Correa x Glabra
[aka Rock Correa]
(E)

Grevillea Iaspicula
[aka Wee Jasper Grevillea] 
(E)

Hakea Decurrens
[aka Bushy Needlewood] 
(E)

Kunzea Parvifolia
[aka Violet Kunzea]
(E)

Leptospermum ‘Aphrodite’
[aka Tea Tree]
(E)

Prostanthera Ovalifolia
[aka Oval-leaf Mintbush, Purple Mintbush] 
(E)

Melaleuca Lateritia
[aka Robin Redbreast Bush] 
(E)

 

 

Telopia 'Shady Lady'
[aka Waratah]
(E)

Exotic to 2 metres

Abelia Grandiflora
[aka Glossy Abelia]
(E)

Sasanqua Paradise Series 
[aka Sasanqua Camellia]
(E)

 

Deutzia Rosea 
[aka Rose Deutzia] 
(D)

Escallonia Apple Blossom 
(E)

 

Pittosporum Green Pillar
(E)

 

Rhaphiolepis Intermedia
[aka Indian Hawthorn] 
(E)

 

Viburnum Opulus Compactum
[aka Compact Guelder Rose] 
(D)

 

 

Teucrium Fruticans
[aka Tree Germander, Shrubby Germander]
(E)

Weigela Florida 
[aka Oldfashioned Weigela, Rose Weigela] 
(D)

Native to 3 metres

Acacia Boormanii 
[aka Snowy River Wattle]
(E)

Banksia Aemula 
[aka Wallum Banksia]
(E)

 

Callistemon ‘Western Glory’ 
[aka Bottlebrush] 
(E)

Dodonaea Viscosa
[aka Hop Bush]
(E)

 

Grevillea ‘Canberra Gem’
[aka Spider Flower, Silky Oak, Toothbrush Plant] 
(E)

 

Kunzea Baxteri
[aka Scarlet Kunzea] 
(E)

 

Leptospermum Lanigerum
[aka Wooly Tea-Tree]
(E)

 

Melaleuca Incana
[aka Grey Honey Myrtle]
(E)

Pimelea Pauciflora
[aka Few-flowered Pimelea]
(E)

 

Prostanthera Rotundifolia
[aka Round Leaf Mint Bush] 
(E)

 

Exotic to 3 metres

 

Buddleia Davidii
[aka Butterfly Bush]
(D)

Camellia Sasanqua
[aka Sasanqua Camellia]
(E)

 

Cotinus Coggygria
[aka Smoke Tree] 
(D)

Euonymus Europaeus 
[aka European Spindle, Common Spindle]
(E)

 

Hibiscus Syriacus
[aka Rose of Sharon, Rose Mallow, St Joseph's Rod]
(D)

 

Kolkwitzia Amabilis
[aka Beauty Bush] 
(D)

 

Michelia Figo 
[aka Port Wine Magnolia]
(E)

 

Philadelphus x Virginalis
[aka Mock Orange]
(D)

Pittosporum Tobira
[aka Japanese Mock Orange, Japanese Pittosporum] 
(E)

 

Syringa Vulgaris
[aka Common Lilac] 
(D)

 

Are your plants, trees or shrubs overgrown?

If trees and vegetation are within 1.5 metres of powerlines, only ActewAGL accredited tree surgeons are authorised to cut them back. Trees and vegetation also need to be at least of 1.5 metres away from ActewAGL assets, including substations and mini-pillars.