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Free trees to shade your home

Desert-adapted shade trees can lower your cooling costs and improve air quality without using a lot of water. Join us for an upcoming workshop and receive two free trees. 

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    Attend an upcoming Shade Tree workshop

    SRP customers can get two free desert-friendly, fast-growing trees by attending a workshop. Hosted by Trees Matter, the workshop covers how to select, plant and care for your trees. After attending, you can claim your two new tree saplings.

    Date Time Location TYPE OF WORKSHOP
    Saturday, July 13, 2024 10 - 11:15 am
    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2024 12 - 1:15 pm
    Saturday, Aug. 24, 2024 10 - 11:15 am

    A palo verde tree provides shade for a yard

    Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses.*

    Types of available trees

    The SRP Shade Tree Program™ currently offers six different types of desert-adapted trees that are tolerant of drought and sun. New trees will be approximately 2- to 6-foot saplings.

    Native Mesquite

    Dense canopy of ferny green foliage, has yellow flowers and thorns. Mature size is 30’ tall x 30’ wide.

    Palo Verde

    Gray-green trunk, branches and leaves, has yellow blossoms in spring and thorns. Mature size is 30’ tall.

    Lilac Chaste

    Moderate-growing deciduous shrub/tree. Has purple spike flowers spring through summer, no thorns. Mature size can reach 20’ tall x 20’ wide.

    Thornless Mesquite 

    Green foliage; wind-tolerant. Keep away from pools. Plant in groupings for best results. Mature size is 30’ tall x 30’ wide.

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    Desert Willow

    Long, narrow bright green leaves; willowy appearance with large, fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers ranging from white to purple to pink. Mature size is 25’ tall x 20’ wide. No thorns.

    Willow Acacia 

    Narrow green leaves; willowy appearance; ideal around water features  with fragrant yellow puffball-like flowers. Mature size is 40’ tall x 20’ wide. No thorns.

    Desert tree planting guide

    As your tree grows

    An illustration of how to plant a desert tree.
    Mulch is organic material that allows water to penetrate through and shades the soil beneath, protecting your tree from drying out too fast. Leaves from your yard can be used or you can purchase mulch or wood chips at a garden store

    Feeder Roots: Remember to deep water the feeder roots all the way around your tree. As the tree grows, the feeder roots reach out to the drip line. This is the area that needs to be watered to keep your tree growing.

    Original Hole: Notice that the feeder roots have grown away from the original hole. Putting water here will have no benefit to your tree now.

    Planting Hole: Make your hole only as deep as your tree's root ball. Fill the hole with the dirt from the hole making sure the base of the trunk is level with the ground surface. Leave room for several inches of mulch.

    Before you dig, contact Arizona 811Open new site. to locate underground utility lines.  

    Program requirements

    To participate in this program, you must:

    • Be a current residential SRP electric customer
    • Attend a Shade Tree workshop
    • Have the legal right to plant trees on your property
    • Plant trees on the south, west or east sides of your home
    • Plant trees approximately 15-20 feet from exposed exterior walls and windows
    • Be able to care for the tree, as needed
    • Have not previously received trees for your property from the SRP Shade Tree Program

    Meet our community partner, Trees Matter

    For ten years we've partnered with Trees MatterOpen new site., a Phoenix-based environmental education nonprofit that helps us run our Shade Tree workshops and distribute free desert-adapted shade trees to SRP customers who attend.

    Trees Matter is an integral part of our customers’ experience and the partnership helps us reach a variety of communities. Working together, we distribute more than 5,000 trees and educate more than 4,000 Valley residents each year.

    The organization also educates the public on tree knowledge, distributes desert-adapted shade trees to residents across the Valley, and plants trees on school campuses and within communities in need.

    Together we’re making the Valley a shadier place, one tree at a time.

    Get free mulch to help your tree thrive

    Thanks to our partnership with organic gardening company GRO-WELLOpen new site., we’re able to turn leftover tree trimmings into mulch that we provide to customers for free at Shade Tree pickup events (limited supply).

    Mulch can be placedOpen new site. above soil around your shade tree to help with water retentionOpen new site..  

    It’s all part of a closed-loop recycling processOpen new site. — our crew trims trees that are growing into or near power lines, then GRO-WELL turns the tree debris into mulch that we give to workshop attendees for free. The process helps us keep waste out of landfills, one of the main pillars of our 2035 goals.

    SRP reserves the right to change or terminate this program without prior notice.