Right Tree, Right Place Program

This program addresses a safety issue and Glendale will get three trees of a more suitable species planted in our city for every one tree that is removed. 

Glendale Goes Green the Right Way
City Joins SRP in the Right Tree, Right Place Program

Everyone loves a tree but not every tree is where it needs to be. That is the whole idea behind a new city of Glendale partnership with Salt River Project (SRP). If you live in an area with overhead power lines or other electric infrastructure, tree height and distance from the power lines can cause safety concerns as trees can spark a fire or power outage, especially during monsoon storms. To correct this safety issue,167 trees near power lines in Glendale will be removed.

Under the Right Tree, Right Place program, SRP will provide the city with new power-line friendly trees of a more suitable height for those areas. The city will get three trees every one tree that is removed. In total, the city will receive 500 new trees with this program. The extra trees with be planted in other places in our city along our public streets and in our parks providing beauty and additional shade canopy around Glendale.

The program will begin November 9, 2020 at Glendale’s O’Neil, Bicentennial and Grand Canal Trail Parks before moving onto other areas. Moon Valley Nurseries will be the official supplier for new trees. New tree planting will begin in mid-December. The project is expected to be completed in mid-to-late February.

In the long run, the Right Tree Right Place program will help SRP maintain electric reliability, ensure public safety and work toward its goal of adding shade and reducing the urban heat island effect, which is going green the right way.


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Trees in Power Lines

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Replacement Trees

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Project Summary
  • The city of Glendale has partnered with SRP to remove hazardous trees encroaching on powerlines and to replace them with trees more suitable for the area. 167 trees have been identified for removal.
  • The city will get three trees for every one tree that is removed. In total, the city will receive 500 new trees and extra trees will be planted in our parks and along public streets.
  • Tree branches that come into contact with power lines can cause power outages and fires. Most often, this happens in windy and stormy weather, usually during a monsoon.
  • SRP trims, or prunes, trees for two reasons: to ensure your safety and to provide reliable service.
  • SRP often uses a technique called directional pruning, where workers may cut off the top, or side portion of a tree. While this sometimes is sufficient, in other cases this can actually be detrimental to the health of the tree. This also requires ongoing maintenance.
  • Trees planted within 25 feet of a power line should not exceed 20 feet in height at maturity. Trees taller than 20 feet at mature height should be planted at least 40 feet away from overhead lines.
  • Adding trees helps increase our shade canopy and helps reduce the heat island effect. New trees will also add shade to community parks.
  • More trees mean fewer carbon emissions in our air. 
  • This program reduces the cost of managing vegetation in our communities saving taxpayers and ratepayers money.
  • Work will begin November 9, 2020 at O’Neil, Bicentennial, and Grandal Canal Trail Parks. Work is expected to be completed in mid-to-late February.

          Suggested Trees:

  • Cascalote (Caesalpinia cacalaco)
  • Leather Leaf Acacia (Acacia craspedocarpa)
  • Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus)
  • Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana)
  • Monk’s Pepper (Vitex agnus-castus)
  • Mulga (Acacia aneura)
  • Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
  • Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
  • Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
  • Yellow Oleander (Thevetia peruviana)
  • Xylosma (Xylosma congestum)