Shrubbery and Tree Planting Guide

A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to your home but it can also reduce your heating and cooling costs. On average, landscaping for energy efficiency provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment in less than 8 years. If you were already planning to landscape, these tips provide an ideal way to beautify your home while saving on your monthly energy bill.

  • Landscaping your home for energy efficiency can reduce your heating and cooling bills, the largest component of your home's energy use. Your overall landscaping strategy will depend on your regional climate.
  • Plant trees to shade your home, reducing your cooling costs in the summer months. Typically, newly planted trees will begin shading windows in their first year and will reach your roof in years 5-10.
  • Planting shrubs, bushes, and vines next to your house creates dead air spaces that insulate your home in both winter and summer. Plant so there will be at least 1 foot (30 centimeters) of space between full-grown plants and your home's wall.
  • During winter, dense, low-lying trees and shrubbery on the north and northeast sides of your home can help protect your home against wind chill.

Consider how you can invest in future energy savings by landscaping your yard. And, for more information, check out these websites:

Department of Energy

  • Keep Your Cool and Save Money Too: Summer Energy-Saving Tips from the Department of Energy
  • Save 10 to 50 Percent on Utility Bills This Summer While Staying Cool

Landscaping Ideas Archive

Suggested Trees for Planting Under and Along Powerlines

The following lists are acceptable landscaping trees and shrubbery that can be located along Blue Ridge Energy Power Line right-of-ways (unless height exceeds 15' at maturity.)

Shadblow Serviceberry
American Hornbeam
Eastern Redbud
Flowering Dogwood
Crape Myrtle
Common Smoketree
Chinese Witch Hazel
Common Winterberry
Japanese Red Maple
Amur Maple
Saucer Magnolia
Radiant Crabapple
Dwarf Fruit Trees

Amelanchier Canadensis
Carpinus Caroliniana
Cercis Canadansis
Chionanthus Virginicus
Cornus Florida Var Rubra
Lagerstroemia Indica
Cotinus Ooggyria
Hammelis Mollis
Euonymus Bungeanus
Acer Palmatum Var Atropurpureum
Acer Ginnala
Magnolia Soulangeana
Malus Radiant


Mountain Laurel
American Boxwood
Wintergreen Barberry
Pfitzer Juniper

Rhododendron Catawbiense
Kalmia Latifolia
Buxus Sempervirens
Berberis Julianae
Forsythia X Intermedia
Hydrangea Macrophylla
Juniperus Chinensis 'Pfitzeraiana'
Rhododendron Catawbiense
Syringa Vulgaris


Emerald Green Arorvitae
Thuja occidentalis