Trees for You
Plant a tree. Create shade. Conserve energy.
TEP’s Trees for You program offers customers a wide selection of shade trees at a discounted price through a partnership with Civano Nursery and other local nurseries. Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
Through Trees for You, homeowners, schools, businesses and community groups can plant shade trees to help them conserve energy and beautify their neighborhoods. TEP has helped to distribute more than 110,000 shade trees across metropolitan Tucson since 1992.
Energy & environmental 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.
Ordering your trees
TEP residential customers may order up to two 5-gallon shade trees for a discounted price of $5 each by logging into My Account. Please be certain of your selections, as orders cannot be changed and there are no exchanges.
Depending on availability, customers may choose from a variety of seasonal, year-round and deciduous trees such as: Arizona ash, Arizona cypress, Chinese elm, Chinese pistache, chitalpa, desert willow, foothills palo verde, hackberry tree, honey mesquite, native mesquite, palo brea, Southern live oak, sweet acacia and Texas ebony.
To achieve optimum energy savings, all trees purchased through the program must be planted within 15 feet of the south, east or west sides of your home or building.
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
Tree care questions
Questions about selecting a tree or planting and caring for it? Call the experts at Civano Nursery’s Tree Care Help Line at 520-546-9200, Ext. 17 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
To reach TEP Trees for You program administrators, email PSP_TreeManagment@tep.com
Call 811 before digging
Remember to call Arizona 811 (dial 811) at least two working days before you dig so that TEP and other utilities can mark the locations of their underground lines. This is a free service.
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.