Trees for You
Shade your home for cool energy savings.
TEP’s Trees for You program offers customers a wide selection of shade trees at a discounted price through our partnership with Civano Nursery and other local nurseries. Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
This program encourages homeowners, schools, businesses and community groups to plant shade trees to help them save energy and beautify their neighborhoods. TEP has distributed more than 110,000 shade trees across metropolitan Tucson since 1992.
Shade Tree Benefits
Shade trees create a beautiful canopy, enhancing our local landscape. They provide a natural habitat for wildlife, reduce erosion and water runoff, absorb carbon dioxide and reduce air and water pollution.
They also help TEP customers conserve energy by keeping dwellings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They reduce urban heat created by the radiant energy absorbed by structures, walls and pavement.
TEP will notify you by email when your order is ready for pickup at one of these four participating nurseries:
- 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
Planting Guidelines and Requirements
To qualify for the rebate, trees must be planted within 15 feet of the structure’s west, east or south sides to provide shade during the summer months. Planting locations may be checked by TEP to verify program compliance.
Trees also must be planted at least 10 feet from sewer lines, 5 feet from water lines and 3 feet from all other utility lines. Do not plant trees under any overhead utility lines and maintain a safe distance from chimneys, power lines and other potential sources of combustion. Do not plant in a public right-of-way without a permit.
Before you dig, remember to first call Arizona 811 (formerly Arizona Blue Stake) at 1-800-STAKE-IT (1-800-782-5348) at least two working days before you dig. Locations of company-owned underground utility lines will be marked near the dig site. This is a free service.
Tree Care Help
Customers with questions about the planting and care of their shade trees may call the Civano Nursery Tree Care Help Line at 520-546-9200 ext. 17 until their trees are established. Calls are answered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.