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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.

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Overview

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. No exchanges will be permitted. 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.

FAQs

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: Sweet Acacia, Arizona Ash, Desert Willow, Whitethorn Acacia, Velvet Mesquite, Foothills Palo Verde, Arizona Cypress, Catclaw Acacia, Palo Brea-Sonoran Palo Verde, and Netleaf Hackberry

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 .

Order Your Trees

Simply log in to My Account and purchase up to three trees per year.

Create Order

Available trees

Sweet Acacia (Acacia smallii)
  • Semi-evergreen Tree: Acacia smallii
  • Size (H x W): 20-25 feet x 20-25 feet
  • Blooms: Fragrant yellow puffballs in late winter through spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 10° F, USDA Zone 7
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Shape tree and remove suckers after the last frost in spring
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Attracts butterflies
Sweet Acacia
Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
  • Deciduous Tree: Fraxinus velutina
  • Size (H x W): 40-50 feet x 25-30 feet
  • Blooms: Inconspicuous flowers in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: -10° F, USDA Zone 6
  • Water: Moderate
  • Pruning: Late winter Growth Rate: Fast
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
  • Deciduous Tree: Chilopsis linearis
  • Size (H x W): 15-30 feet x 10-20 feet
  • Blooms: Assorted (Purple to White) from spring to fall
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: -10° F, USDA Zone 6
  • Water: Low to Moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to improve form in November
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Desert Willow
Whitethorn Acacia
Whitethorn Acacia (Acacia constricta)
  • Deciduous Tree: Acacia constricta
  • Size (H x W): 15-20 feet x 15-20 feet
  • Blooms: Yellow puffballs in late spring and early summer
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: -10° F, USDA Zone 6
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning needed to shape as desired
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
  • Attracts butterflies and birds
  • Irrigate at least once a month from late spring through summer for more flowers and lush foliage.
Whitethorn Acacia
Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis Velutina)
  • Deciduous Tree: Celtis reticulata
  • Size (H x W): 20-30 feet x 20-30 feet
  • Blooms: Inconspicuous; greenish in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 10° F, Zones 3 - 10
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: January
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Arizona native
  • Edible Hackberry fruit attracts birds
Velvet Mesquite
Foothills Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla)
  • Deciduous Tree: Parkinsonia microphylla
  • Size (H x W): 10-20 feet x 10-20 feet
  • Blooms: Yellow in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 15° F, USDA Zone 8
  • Water: Low
  • Pruning: Prune to improve form in June
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Foothills Palo Verde
Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii)
  • Perennial Shrub or Semi-deciduous Tree: Acacia greggii
  • Size (H x W): 15-20 feet x 15-20 feet
  • Blooms: Creamy yellow, heaviest in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 0° F, USDA Zone 7
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to shape in early summer
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
  • Attracts butterflies
Palo Brea-Sonoran Palo Verde (Cercidium praecox)
  • Deciduous Tree: Cercidium praecox
  • Size (H x W): 15-30 feet x 15-30 feet
  • Blooms: Yellow in late spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 20° F, USDA Zone 9 Water: Low
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to improve form in June
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Fern of the Desert (Lysiloma microphylla v. thornberi)
  • Semi-evergreen Shrub or Tree: Lysiloma m. thornberi
  • Size (H x W): 15-20 feet x 15-20 feet
  • Blooms: Cream puffballs in late spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 20° F, USDA Zone 9
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Late winter to early spring
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Attracts butterflies
Netleaf Hackberry (Celtis reticulata)
  • Deciduous Tree: Celtis reticulata
  • Size (H x W): 20-30 feet x 20-30 feet
  • Blooms: Inconspicuous; greenish in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 10° F, Zones 3 - 10
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: January
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Arizona native
  • Edible Hackberry fruit attracts birds
Netleaf Hackberry

Contact us

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.