The Trees for Tucson program is now open for requests for low-cost trees for home delivery in the popular spring planting period. While trees can be planted throughout the year in the Tucson area, planting in the spring when trees are coming out of dormancy and the temperature is still cooler can ensure successful, healthy trees.
To qualify for low-cost home shade trees, residents must be in the Tucson Electric Power Co. or Trico Electric Cooperative electric service area, and agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of the west, south or east side of the home.
Tucson Electric Power customers may order trees for $8 each, available for purchase online at https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/ or call (520) 837-6835 to receive a mailed or faxed form.
Trico Electric Cooperative members may request trees at a cost of $15 each (billed to their Trico utility account), online at www.trico.coop or call (520) 744-2944, extension 1605 for ordering assistance.
Applicants may select from a variety of native and desert adapted trees including mesquite, palo verde, desert willow, catclaw acacia, and red push pistache. New applicants are welcome. Residents who have received low-cost trees in the past are also eligible to participate once each calendar year, per address.
Trees are delivered within approximately 4-6 weeks, and will be at least 3-5 feet tall. Instructions for tree planting and care are provided at the time of delivery.
Trees for Tucson was established in 1989 as a program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, to educate community members about the benefits of planting and properly maintaining trees to increase energy efficiency. This unique partnership with local electric utilities benefits program participants and the greater community through decreased energy costs, beautifying homes to increase resale value, reduced use of nonrenewable fossil fuels, minimizing Urban Heat Islands, improved wildlife habitat, reduced air and water pollution, reduced stormwater runoff and erosion, and mitigating Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community-based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metro area. Programs include recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, at-risk youth landscape training, and beautification. Visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/ or call (520) 791-3109 for all Tucson Clean & Beautiful programs.