Photo of a blooming palo verde tree in the Tanari Hills area of the Catalina Foothills. 

The Trees for Tucson program is accepting applications for low-cost trees for delivery this fall. 

To qualify for low-cost home shade trees, residents must be in the Tucson Electric Power Company or the Trico Electric Cooperative electric service area, and agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of the west, south or east side of their home.

Tucson Electric Power customers can print an application to purchase trees for $8 each, online at or by calling 791-3109 to receive a mailed or faxed form.

Trico Electric Cooperative members can request trees for $15 each, online at or by calling 744-2944, extension 1605.

Applicants can select from a variety of native and desert adapted trees such as mesquite, palo verde, desert willow, netleaf hackberry and red push pistache. 

Trees will be delivered between four and eight weeks and will be at least three to five feet tall. 


Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at 573-4137 or

Families and schools reporter for #ThisIsTucson. Artist, photographer, mother of one.