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Commercial Tree Power

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What is tree power?

Electric customers can save money on cooling costs with a free shade tree.  opens in a new windowSign-up now or call 573-874-7325.

Tree Power promotes energy conservation through energy-efficient landscaping. When you sign up for the program, Columbia Water & Light will visit your property and suggest the best places for shade trees. You will receive a packet with the planting diagram and a coupon for a FREE 5-to-8-foot tall shade tree. There is a limit of one tree per electric meter.

Where do I pickup my tree?

Once you have your coupon, please pick the tree up at  opens in a new windowSuperior Garden Center opens in a new window (Rost Landscaping), 2450 Trails West Avenue. 

Directions: Head west on Interstate 70. Take Exit 121 for MO 240 West/US 40 West toward Fayette (commonly referred to as the Midway Exit). After traveling for 2 miles, take a left at Trails West. Superior Garden Center is on the left side of the road.

Tree Power coupons can be redeemed during spring and fall planting seasons only. All tree varieties may not be available throughout the year due to weather and species availability.

Choose from one of four tree varieties

Red maple

A colorful tree that starts the spring with red flowers, stems and hints of red in the leaves that eventually turn green. In the fall the leaf color is deep red or yellow. The red maple is fast growing and tolerant of many soils. It matures to 40 to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

red maple tree
detail of red maple leaves

River birch

The cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark of the river birch is spectacular in winter. Its leaves are lustrous and medium-sized. This is the most borer-resistant birch. It is tolerant of both wet soil and dry summers. Grows to between 40 and 70 feet tall with a 50-foot spread.

detail of a river birch tree's bark
full river birch tree

Crab apple

Crabapple trees are considered ornamental due to their smaller size and beautiful flowers in the spring. Red, pink or white flowers blossom in the spring followed by green foliage. The variety of crabapple trees available depends on their supply each year. Most of these trees grow between 15 to 25 feet tall and produce fruit.

full crab apple tree in bloom
detail of crab apple flowers

Pin oak or red oak

A pin oak is a fast growing tree that can grow as tall as 60 to 70 feet and be 25 to 45 feet wide. The tree will start out as a pyramid shape and then turn more oval as it ages. The pin oak produces acorns and has green glossy leaves that turn bronze or red in the fall. A red oak might be substituted by the tree vendor if the pin oak is not available.

full red oak tree
detail of a red oak tree's leaves

Where should I plant my free tree?

The packet you receive will have a diagram of your property with suggested planting locations. Deciduous trees and shrubs (those that lose their leaves in the winter) should be planted to shade south walls and windows. In our area, plant trees in a direct line from a west-facing window or wall at a 75° angle clockwise from due south. Shade trees planted in direct line, drawn at the same angle from the southwest corner, will effectively shade that corner of the home. Coniferous trees (evergreen cone-bearing types) should be grouped on the northern and western sides of the house to help block winter winds.

What else do I need to know about planting my free tree?

  • Choose a site based on what the tree will look like when it is fully grown.
  • Make sure your tree has plenty of room to grow, both above and below the ground.
  • Plant trees away from overhead power lines, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Planting too close to your utility lines can eventually cause problems with your services. Remember there are also utilities like sewer, water and electric lines underground.

Caution: Always call 1-800-DIG-RITE ( opens in a new windowMissouri One Call) to have the location of all utilities marked before doing any digging in your yard. Sewer and waterlines will only be marked on the city side of the meter. Lines running from the meter to a home are not located by the utility.

Questions? Send us an email at  opens in a new windowinfo@ColumbiaPowerPartners.comcreate new email or call 573-874-7325.

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