Welcome to NatureShade – your opportunity to contribute to energy conservation and a greener environment. Qualifying residents in select cities can receive a free shade tree to plant near their homes.

By embracing NatureShade, you’re not only reducing strain on the electrical grid but also enhancing air quality. These shade trees offer more than just beauty – they lower cooling costs, decrease energy use, and even sequester carbon emissions. Join us in making a difference with NatureShade and enjoy a cooler, more sustainable future.

Applications for the Fall 2024 Tree Giveaway will open on Tuesday, August 27th, 2024, at 8:00AM. 


About the NatureShade Program

NatureShade is a program provided by Provo City Power where eligible residential utility customers can apply for a free shade tree to plant on their property in Provo. When planted properly and at full growth, the trees can cast enough shade to keep energy costs down in the home.

In addition to the shade trees having potential of providing energy savings, there are long-term benefits for our community including carbon sequestration, and beautification of our homes and neighborhoods.

Benefits of NatureShade

Plant trees strategically around your property to act as a natural air conditioner for your home.

Trees can help save money by reducing the demand for power during the hot summer months.

Trees planted in your yard can limit heat from the sun, and reduce cooling costs by 30-50%.

Lawns shaded by trees also use less water, saving you even more money!

Trees that were available for NatureShade in April, 2024

The following trees were given away during the Spring Tree Giveaway. The new tree species for the Fall Giveaway have not been released yet. All tree species are selected for their growth rate, shade benefits, and because they grow well in Utah’s environment.

Prunus, Canada Red

Height                             25ft

Width                              20ft

Growth                           Fast

This very cold hardy tree is remarkable for its leaves that emerge green and mature to dark purple as the weather warms. The foliage color intensifies to reddish-purple in autumn. 

Heat and drought tolerant.                                           

Ulmus, Frontier

Height                             40ft

Width                              30ft

Growth                           Fast

‘Frontier’ features a beautiful reddish-purple to burgundy fall color which is particularly long-lasting. It has a vase shape that is almost maintenance-free. 

Fast Growing and drought tolerant.                                                                                                          

Zelkova, Wireless

Height                             24ft

Width                              36ft

Growth                           Fast

Selected for its unusually low height and broad, horizontally spreading growth habit, its vivid red fall color is a surprisingly bright bonus feature.

Drought tolerant, casts a wide shadow which makes it great for south or west-facing yards.

Interested in the NatureShade Program?

Currently, Provo is the only participating city.

Applications for the Fall 2024 Tree Giveaway will open on Tuesday, August 27th, 2024, at 8:00 AM.