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Shade Tree Discount

Shade Tree Discounts

Cedar Falls TREES is a non-profit organization working in partnership with Cedar Falls Utilities to promote and support tree planting for energy conservation and environmental benefits. TREES volunteers provide information about tree planting, proper care for trees and the benefits of urban forestation.

Save up to $100/year on Shade Trees
with Cedar Falls TREES Plant-A-Tree discount program

The Plant-A-Tree program is offered March 1 - October 31, or until funding is exhausted for the year. You are eligible for this program if you receive electric service from CFU.

The Plant-A-Tree program provides a 40% discount for eligible trees purchased from participating retailers, up to a maximum discount of $100 per family per year. This program is easy to use, because you don't need an application or a rebate form. Ask the retailer to give you the Cedar Falls TREES Plant-A-Tree discount when you pay for your tree(s). Retailers provide the Plant-A-Tree discounts on a first-come, first-served basis until funding for the year is exhausted. We regret that Plant-A-Tree discounts cannot be given after the fact to trees purchased in the past; discounts are available at the point of purchase only.

Cedar Falls TREES programs are funded annually by Cedar Falls Utilities to improve energy efficiency in our community.  

Additional Information

Trees must be planted on property served by the Cedar Falls Municipal Electric Utility. Only the species and cultivars of trees listed here are eligible for funding (no exceptions).

Funding is as follows: 60% Consumer (+tax) paid to the retailer at the time the tree is purchased. Cedar Falls TREES reimburses the retailer for 40% of the retail price of the tree. The subsidy applies to the tree cost only, excluding planting cost, and is limited to $100 per recipient family per calendar year.

To qualify for reimbursement, the planting site, soil and moisture conditions must be suitable for the species of the tree selected.

Prior to planting, call Iowa One-Call at 811 to have underground services marked.

Street tree plantings (between the sidewalk and the street) require permission from the City Arborist. Please see the rules for street tree plantings below for further information.

This program is sponsored by CEDAR FALLS TREES in partnership with Cedar Falls Utilities.

If you have questions that are not answered on this page, please call CFU at 319-266-1761 and ask for Cedar Falls TREES, or email cfu@cfunet.net.

Cedar Falls Park Division Street Tree Planting Policy

Homeowners, business and contractors are required to contact Cedar Falls Park Division for permission to plant in the right-of-way (in other words, the easement area between the street and the sidewalk).

The Park Division will review individual requests to determine if the tree height, width and species are allowed by ordinance. Consideration must also be given to the existence of overhead electrical, phone or communication lines. If overhead lines exist, particular care must be taken to ensure that future growth will not interfere with overhead lines. The Park Division enforces these regulations for Cedar Falls Utilities.

The Park Division instructs the homeowner, business or contractor to contact Iowa One Call at 811 to have underground services marked before you dig.

Any excavation for tree planting in roadway Right-of-Way must be done by hand, where Cedar Falls Utilities underground gas, water, electric or communication lines exist. A minimum horizontal separation of 36" between any gas, electric or communication line and the tree centerline must be maintained. Specific questions related to this separation requirement should be directed to the Cedar Falls Utilities.

Trees planted near underground or overhead lines are subject to pruning or removal should repairs to the utility systems be required. Therefore, neither the Cedar Falls Utilities nor the City of Cedar Falls may be held responsible for any damage that may occur to the trees due to the necessity of utility system repairs.

Questions regarding plantings in the right-of-this policy may be directed to the Cedar Falls Park Division at 273-8624.

How can we help you?

Eligible Species
See which trees qualify for discounts

Participating Retailers
Where to buy trees through the Plant-A-Tree program

Conservation Grants
Funding up to $2,500 for large planting projects

Shade Tree Walking Tour
View online map or print version

Ash Borer Information
Iowa State University Extension Forestry Department provides information

Tree gallery & map


Map of shade tree walking tour in downtown Cedar Falls