Tucson Clean & Beautiful Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of life throughout the Tucson metropolitan area. The organization’s educational and hands-on, volunteer-driven programs enable area residents to join together to build community and create visible, sustained improvement to our unique desert environment.
In this exhibit we provide information about where to plant your trees, how to plant trees, how to water trees and how to prune trees. See our pamphlet Edible Trees for Tucson below to learn which trees you can plant and harvest in Tucson to grow your own healthy, delicious food. Our exhibit in FIND for more information about trees available to purchase from Trees for Tucson/Tucson Clean & Beautiful.
WHERE SHOULD I PLANT MY TREE?
Plant the right tree in the right place.
Shading your home can result in energy savings of 20-30%!
Numerous studies have proven that shading your home with trees provides positive impacts on both your cooling and heating costs.
Planting location is crucial.
If you’re trying to ensure optimal energy efficiency, plant your trees within 15′ of your home, and on the West, E
HOW SHOULD I PLANT MY TREE?
Its easier than you think!
Before you plant, check for proper drainage.
Desert adapted trees will drown if planted in an area that retains too much water! Dig the planting hole, fill it with water, and check back in a few hours to see if the water has drained. If it has, you are good to go! If not, you may need to move your hole or create a drainage chimney.
Dig the plan
HOW SHOULD I WATER MY TREE?
Even desert trees need water!
Newly planted trees will need regular water for the first two years.
After two years, native and desert adapted trees will continue to grow without additional irrigation, although a little extra water in the hottest summer months always helps!
Never water your tree at the base of the trunk!
Trees should be watered along the edge of the canopy, o
HOW SHOULD I PRUNE MY TREE?
A well-pruned tree is a work of art!
Pruning is NOT recommended for the first two years!
Although your new tree may be starting to look a little “wild”, it is still using those small branches to protect and strengthen the trunk as it grows. After two years, you can begin to safely prune and shape your tree.
Always remember to take a step back and look at the natural form o
Trees for Tucson/Tucson Clean & Beautiful sells trees that are grown locally and are well adapted to Tucson's climate. For more information, go to to https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/information-resources/tree-descriptions/
Watch the informative video on how to plant trees at the end of this exhibit.
Trees for Tucson delivers low cost trees to individuals and community groups for planting in public and community spaces such as residences, schools, neighborhoods, parks, libraries, places of worship, non-profits and HOA’s.
Tell us about your Event! Need some volunteers, or do you want to volunteer? Let us know and we’ll connect you! Please note, that at least 4-6 weeks advance notice is greatly appreciated for any project needs due to the unique requirements for tree planting logistics. We cannot always guarantee a planting project will be available for every request, and we can arrange alternate projects in community cleanup and beautification through the Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas program if a tree planting is not possible on the timeline requested.