Planting trees

Trees for You

Receive a rebate for planting trees around your home

Trees can help you save energy by keeping your home or business warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The Trees for You program offers rebates to UES electric service customers for the purchase of two qualified desert-adapted trees. Homes built before 1980 and those with single-pane windows qualify for up to four desert-adapted low-water trees.

Customers receive rebates in the form of a credit on their UES electric bill, up to $15 for each larger, five-gallon tree.

A wide selection of shade trees is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

UES residential, commercial and school electric service customers are eligible for Trees for You rebates as long as the program requirements are met, including tree choices and planting and maintenance guidelines.

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Trees provide shade and help cool the air

Shading reduces the radiant energy absorbed and stored by surfaces, including walls, pavement and gravel yards.

In addition to energy savings, trees benefit the community by:

  • Providing habitat for wildlife
  • Absorbing air and water pollution
  • Controlling storm water runoff, soil erosion and wind
  • Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas

Ready to plant trees?

Before signing up, review the Trees for You program guidelines.

 

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Qualifying Trees

UES offers a variety of seasonal, year-round and deciduous trees: 

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Step 1 – Complete the application form and indicate on the sketch where the tree(s) will be planted.

Step 2 – Provide a copy of your paid invoice which must include the following:

  • The number and type of trees purchased
  • Size of the tree container
  • Date tree(s) purchased
Step 3 – Print the application form and mail it, along with the copy of your invoice, to:

UniSource Energy Services
Trees for You Program
P.O. Box 3099
Kingman, AZ 86402

Arizona Ash

  • 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

Arizona Cypress

  • 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

Catclaw Acacia

  • 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
Catclaw Acacia tree

Chinese Pistache

  • 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

Desert Willow

  • Deciduous Tree: Chilopsis linearis
  • Size (H x W): 15-30 feet x 10-20 feet
  • Blooms: Assorted (Purple to White) from spring to fall
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: -10° F, USDA Zone 6
  • Water: Low to Moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to improve form in November
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Desert Willow tree

Honey Mesquite

  • 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

Palo Brea

  • Deciduous Tree: Cercidium praecox
  • Size (H x W): 15-30 feet x 15-30 feet
  • Blooms: Yellow in late spring
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 20° F, USDA Zone 9 Water: Low
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Pruning: Prune to improve form in June
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Palo Brea tree

Shoestring Acacia

  • 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 tree

Southern Live Oak

  • 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 tree

Sweet Acacia

  • 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 tree

Planting guidelines and restrictions

Before you start any digging project, remember to first call Arizona 811 (formerly Arizona Blue Stake) at 1-800-STAKE-IT (1-800-782-5348). Call at least two working days before you dig to have UES mark the locations of company-owned underground utility lines near the dig site. This is a free service.

Plant trees at least 10 feet from sewer lines, 5 feet from water lines and 3 feet from all other utility lines. Do not plant under any overhead utility lines. 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 and remember to call Arizona 811 before you dig.