planting trees

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. This program encourages homeowners, schools, businesses and community groups to plant shade trees to help them save energy and beautify their neighborhoods.

Due to an overwhelming number of recent tree orders, our Trees for You program is now closed for the spring planting season. We plan to re-open the program on September 1, 2019 for the fall planting season.

Civano Nursery, which grows the trees for our program, is working hard to fill the 3,000+ orders we’ve received before the hot weather arrives. Planting during the summer months is not recommended due to the low survival rate of trees. Some customers may be offered a substitute variety if the type of tree they ordered is out of stock.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.  

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 has distributed more than 110,000 shade trees across metropolitan Tucson since 1992.

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.