Trees for You
Planting shade trees around your home is a positive activity that allows customers to stay safe at home while planning for future energy savings. All of our participating nurseries are taking necessary precautions for handling the trees and minimizing direct contact with customers during pick-ups.
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 126,000 shade trees across metropolitan Tucson since 1992.
Shade Tree Benefits
Shade trees create a beautiful canopy, enhancing the local landscape. They provide a natural habitat for wildlife, reduce erosion and water runoff, and purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide.
Trees also help TEP customers conserve energy by keeping homes and businesses cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They reduce urban heat created by the radiant energy absorbed by structures, walls and pavement.
Order Your Trees
TEP residential customers may order up to three 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 once placed and there are no exchanges.
Depending on availability, customers may choose from a variety of seasonal, year-round and deciduous trees such as:
- Sweet Acacia
- Desert Willow
- Arizona Ash
- Native Mesquite
- Southern Live Oak
- Chinese Elm
- Cold Hardy Mulga
TEP will notify you by email when your order is ready for pickup at one of these five participating nurseries:
- Harlow Gardens, serving central and downtown Tucson
5620 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ
- Tucson Cactus & Koi, serving northwest Tucson and Oro Valley
7810 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ
- Civano Nursery, serving eastern Tucson
5301 S. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ
- EcoGro, LLC, serving downtown and central Tucson
657 W. St. Mary’s Road, Tucson, AZ 85701
- 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.