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Trico's Tree Program

Thank you for your interest in Trico’s Operation Cool Shade tree program. Trees are SOLD OUT for this year. Please check back in January 2018


Can a tree help you save money? YES!

Something as simple as planting a tree can help you save on your monthly electric costs. Shade trees cool the outer wall temperature of your home by as much as 20 degrees, meaning your air conditioner won't have to work as hard to keep your home cool. And that means a lower summer electric bill.

You can purchase up to 3 low-cost, low-water use trees through Trico’s Operation Cool Shade (OCS) Program. Trees cost $15, will be at least 3 feet tall and are delivered directly to your home by Trees for Tucson (some restrictions apply). Tree varieties are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for more information on the trees. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Have questions? Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or call 744-2944, Ext.1605.

Due to technical difficulties, the Tree Program is temporarily offline. Please check back for further updates.

Net Leaf Hackberry (Celtis reticulata)

  • Size: 20' X 30'
  • Fruit: pea-sized berries
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Moderate
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness: 0° F
  • Unique nubby bark; attracts birds

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

  • Size: 20' X 20'
  • Flower Color: Pink or purple
  • Flower Season: Spring/Summer
  • Exposure: Full sun or part shade
  • Water: Low
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness: 0° F
  • Low maintenance; attracts hummingbirds
   

Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina)

  • Size: 20' X 30'
  • Flower Color: Cream/pale yellow
  • Flower Season: Spring to summer
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Thorns: Yes
  • Hardiness:  10° F
  • Native to Sonoran Desert

Red Push Pistache (P. atlantica & P. integrrima)

  • Size: 30' X 30'
  • Flower Season: N/A
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Moderate
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness: 10° F
  • Dense shade: fall color
   

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

  • Size: 15' X 10'
  • Fruit: edible
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Water: Low
  • Grown Rate: Moderate
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness:  15° F
  • Bright red flowers; use as hedging; attracts birds

Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis PPAF)

  • Size: 35' X 35'
  • Flower Color: Inconspicuous
  • Flower Season: Spring
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Water: Low to Moderate
  • Grown Rate: Slow
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness: 0° F
  • Drought tolerant, cold hardy
   

Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)

  • Size: 15' X 25'
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Season: Fall
  • Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Water: Moderate
  • Grown Rate: Moderate
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness: 18° F
  • Low maintenance; prone to leaf scorch in direct sun; bears edible fruit

Blue Palo Verde (Ceridium floridum)

  • Size: 15' X 30'
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Season: Spring
  • Exposure: Full/Reflected Sun
  • Water: Very low
  • Grown Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Thorns: Yes
  • Hardiness:  20° F
  • High Allergen
   

Ironwood (Olneya tesota)

  • Size: 15' X 25'
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Flower Season: Summer
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Grown Rate: Moderate
  • Thorns: Yes
  • Hardiness:  15° F
  • Longest living tree in desert

Fig (Ficus carica)

  • Size: 25' X 35'
  • Fruit: edible
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Water: Moderate
  • Grown Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Thorns: No
  • Hardiness:  10° F
  • Large, fragrant leaves; frost adapted

Trico’s Operation Cool Shade Program is back! Trees are available for sale as of January 2017!

Due to technical difficulties, the Tree Program is temporarily offline. Please check back for further updates.