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Our shade tree program, available only to Maricopa County residential customers, offers free shade trees and tree education to help maximize your home's energy savings.
You’ll block the sun’s rays, reduce cooling needs and add value to your property.
 
 
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why plant a shade tree?
Well-placed shade trees can block the sun’s rays and reduce cooling energy costs by as much as $50 per year.
  
Shade trees also:
  • produce oxygen to help clean the air
  • capture rainwater
  • provide wildlife habitat
  • reduce storm water runoff

eligibility
Shade Tree program participants must:
  • be an APS customer living in a single family home
  • live in Maricopa County
  • be willing to plant the trees no more than 15 feet away from an air conditioned space on the east, west, or southern sides of the home
  • have permission to plant trees on the property
  • have the ability to care for the trees as needed
  • have completed an online or attended an in person tree care training workshop
tree care workshops

​To qualify for free shade trees, participants must complete a tree care workshop. Workshops may be completed online or by attending any one of several instructor-led workshops held throughout Phoenix in the spring and fall months.

 
To see a schedule of available instuctor-led shade tree events, visit the events tab.

Tree care workshops provide important information about selecting, planting and caring for your trees. The curriculum is designed to ensure tree survivability and maximize your energy savings.

tree information
trees without thorns
tree
size
(h x w)
growth​ litter​ foilage/flowers​ comments
thornless palo verde 
25 ft. x 25 ft.​ fast​ low​ yellow flowers in the spring​ ​drops very small leaves December - March
thornless mesquite
30 ft. x 30 ft.​ medium​ high - bean pod​ bean pods in summer​ ​drops leaves
December - April
desert willow
25 ft. x 25 ft.​ fast​ high - flowers most of the year, seed pods​ pink flowers​ ​drops leaves late
November - March
willow acacia
40 ft. x 40 ft.​ fast​ low​ white puff balls on and off all year​ ​evergreen

 

trees with thorns
tree
size
(h x w)
growth​ litter​ foilage/flowers​ comments
 
blue palo verde
30 ft. x 30 ft.​ fast​ low​ yellow flowers in the spring​ ​drops very small leaves December - March
 
native mesquite
30 ft. x 30 ft.​ fast​ high - bean pod edible bean pod​ ​pods can be ground into a nutritious flour

  

contact us
If you need assistance or additional information feel free to call or email us at trees@aps.com.

online program: 855-670-2774
instructor-led program: 602-357-0032
participation is easy
1 
 
select your workshop type
 
 
 
 

2 
 
complete the workshop
 
 
 
3 
 
pick up your trees
 
 
 
4 
 
plant & save
 
 
online tree care workshops
to participate online
  1. watch a short instructional video
  2. complete a 10 question quiz
  3. order trees
  4. pick up the trees
  5. plant trees


start online workshop

​The online tree care workshop may take up to 40 minutes to complete. If you experience technical difficulties, please call 855-670-2774 for assistance. 

begin workshop
instructor-led tree care workshops
to participate by attending an instructor-led tree care workshop:
  1. Select the workshop and time you would like to attend and complete the registration. A registration link is provided with each posted event.
     
    Desert Botanical Garden - workshop & tree pickup
    1201 N Galvin Parkway
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
    November 15, 2014
    Tree pickup is available for online participants from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
     
  2. attend the workshop and complete the tree care training
  3. sign the participation form
  4. pick up your trees - if you attend an instructor-led tree care event, you will leave the event with your trees
  5. plant your trees
instructor-led tree care workshops
Desert Botanical Garden - workshop & tree pickup
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
November 15, 2014
Tree pickup is available for online participants from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
 
 
     
tree pickup events
Deer Valley Community Center - tree pickup only
2001 W Wahalla Ln
Phoenix, AZ 85027
October 18, 2014
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Peoria High School - tree pickup only
11200 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
November 1, 2014
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Chaparral High School - tree pickup only
6935 E Gold Dust Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
December 6, 2014
8:30 am to 12 pm
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This program is funded by APS customers and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission. ​

 

 

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