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Trees for You

Plant a tree. Create shade. Conserve energy.

TEP has re-launched its urban forestry shade trees program. The new Trees for You program is designed to help you reduce your energy consumption by planting shade trees. TEP customers can purchase up to three trees per year through the program at a reduced price.

You can now submit your Trees for You application in My Account.

TEP is partnering with Civano Nursery and other local nurseries to help homeowners, schools, neighborhoods and community groups plant shade trees to save energy and cool and beautify our community.

Trees for You highlights:

  • Order up to three shade trees per year using My Account.
  • Each tree is just $5.
  • Choose from multiple types of trees year-round, plus seasonal varieties such as Pistachio and Pomegranate trees.
  • After submitting your order, you'll be notified through My Account when your trees are ready for pickup.
  • Pick up your trees at a participating local nursery. Please note you cannot change your tree selection when you pick up your order. Nursery staff members will load the trees into your vehicle, provide planting instructions and answer your questions. You can arrange for a nursery staff member to plant your tree for an additional charge.
  • Email PSP_TreeManagment@tep.com anytime if you have questions about your shade trees.

How does tree conservation improve Tucson?
In addition to adding beauty, trees help conserve energy by shading buildings, streets and cars and reducing the effects of urban heat islands. Trees control storm water runoff, soil erosion and wind. They also improve air quality and provide a habitat for wildlife.

What should I consider when planting trees?
Before you start any digging project, remember to first call Arizona 811 by dialing 811. Call at least two working days before you dig to have TEP and other utility providers mark the locations of underground utility lines near the dig site. This is a free service.

Do I have to plant the trees in a particular location?
Yes. You must agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of your structure on the west, east or south sides to provide shade during the summer months.

What types of trees can I choose from?
Available now: Acacia salicina (Willow Acacia), Acacia stenophylla (Shoestring Acacia), Brachychiton populneus (Bottle Tree), Cupressus arizonica (Arizona Cypress), Lysiloma microphylla var. thornberi (Fern of the Desert), Fraxinus velutina (Arizona Ash) and Quercus virginiana (Southern Live Oak).

Available starting April 15, 2016: Acacia greggii (Catclaw Acacia), Acacia smallii (Sweet Acacia), Cercidium praecox (Palo Brea-Sonoran Palo Verde), Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow) and Prosopis chilensis (Chilean Mesquite).

Available starting Aug. 15, 2016: Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistache), Prosopis glandulosa (Honey Mesquite) and Punica granatum (Pomegranate).

Which local nurseries participate in Trees for You?

  • Harlow Gardens, serving central and downtown Tucson
    5620 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ
  • Rillito Nursery, serving northwest Tucson and Oro Valley
    6303 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ
  • Civano Nursery, serving eastern Tucson
    5301 S. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ
  • Native Gardens of Green Valley
    20 N. La Canada Drive, Green Valley, AZ

Who should I contact if I need help after planting my trees?
Customers can call the Civano Nursery Tree Care Help Line at 520-546-9200, Ext. 17 until their trees are established. Calls will be answered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

To reach TEP Trees for You program administrators, email PSP_TreeManagment@tep.com .

Customers can call the Civano Nursery Tree Care Help Line at 520-546-9200, Ext. 17 until their trees are established. Calls will be answered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

To reach TEP Trees for You program administrators, email PSP_TreeManagment@tep.com.