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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

Order Your Trees

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

Create Order

Available trees

Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)
  • Deciduous Tree: Prosopis glandulosa
  • Size (H x W): 20-30 feet x 20-30 feet
  • Blooms: Yellowish green in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 0° F, USDA Zone 6
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to shape in winter
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Honey Mesquite tree
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
Arizona Ash tree
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
  • Deciduous Tree: Pistacia chinensis
  • Size (H x W): 30-50 feet x 20-30 feet
  • Blooms: Red to green, male and female on different plants, appearing in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 0 o F, USDA Zone 7
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Winter to early spring, before new leaves emerge
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
Chinese Pistache tree
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
Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
  • Deciduous Tree
  • Size (H x W): 30-40 feet x 30-50 feet
  • Blooms: Inconspicuous brown to red in summer and fall
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 0° F, USDA Zone 7
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Winter
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Commonly known as the evergreen elm, in Tucson, it is generally deciduous for a short period in the winter.
  • Mottled, peeling grey and orange bark is unusual and decorative.
Chinese Elm tree
Arizona Ash tree
Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)
  • Evergreen Tree: Cupressus arizonica
  • Size (H x W): 30-40 feet x 20 feet
  • Blooms: Insignificant greenish flowers in early spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: -15° F, USDA Zone 5
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Shape if necessary in December
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Excellent windbreak
Arizona Cypress tree
Arizona Ash tree
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
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
Arizona Ash tree
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
Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
  • Evergreen Tree: Quercus virginiana
  • Size (H x W): 20-30 x 20-30 in Tucson
  • Blooms: Inconspicuous flowers in spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 0° F, USDA Zone 7
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: March
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to slow
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
Southern Live Oak
Arizona Ash tree
Arizona Rosewood (Vauquelinia californica)
  • Evergreen Shrub: Vauquelinia californica
  • Size (H x W): 15-20 feet x 10-15 feet
  • Blooms: Cream white in late spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 12° F, USDA Zone 8
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Fall
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
  • Heat and drought tolerant.
  • Makes a nice screen or informal hedge without needing much maintenance or supplemental water.
  • Attracts butterflies.
Arizona Rosewood
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
Velvet Mesquite
Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis Ebano)
  • Semi-Evergreen Tree or Shrub: Ebenopsis ebano
  • Size (H x W): 15-30 feet x 15-30 feet
  • Blooms: Fragrant white to yellow puffs in early summer
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 15° F, USDA Zone 8
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Late winter to early spring
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
  • Twisted but picturesque dense, dark green canopy that provides shade if pruned into a tree.
  • Provides an effective barrier or privacy screen if left unpruned.
Texas Ebony
Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla)
  • Evergreen Tree: Acacia stenophylla
  • Size (H x W): 30-40 feet x 20-30 feet
  • Blooms: Creamy white to pale yellow - fall, late winter & spring
  • Exposure: Full Sun to part Shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 15° F, USDA Zone 8
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: January to shape and promote good form
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Shoestring Acacia

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.