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19 October 2023 · 5 min. read

Free Tree ReLeaf to Give Away 1,000 Trees Beginning this Weekend

Collaboration of City, Reflection Riding and EPB to Give Away Two Free Trees Per Home

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (October 18, 2023) – Beginning Saturday, October 21, EPB customers can receive up to two trees per household through Free Tree ReLeaf, a partnership with the City of Chattanooga and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. The collaboration aligns Reflection Riding’s efforts to increase native plant species in Chattanooga’s canopy with the City’s work to improve stormwater quality and EPB Energy ProsSM arborists’ expertise on where to plant trees to avoid power outages. This is the third installment of the semi-annual partnership.

“Planting more trees in our community means so much more than making Chattanooga an even more beautiful place to live, work, and play – it’s a critical part of enhancing our green spaces and urban forest for the overall health of our community,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “We continue to be focused on supporting our incredible outdoor assets for the benefit of all neighborhoods. We are so grateful for community-based partnerships like Free Tree ReLeaf with Reflection Riding and EPB, which are making a difference.”

Reflection Riding staff and volunteers are trained to help households select the best species for their yard and neighborhood. Before customers visit, we encourage them to review the following:

  • Where: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Native Plant Garden, 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419 (off Cummings Highway on the west side at the base of Lookout Mountain)
  • When: Beginning Saturday, October 21 until supplies run out. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (The nursery closes for the season on November 18.)
  • What to bring: Be prepared with your address so staff and volunteers can verify you live in EPB’s service area.
  • How to prepare: Visit to learn about what trees are available. Customers may also check tree inventory at this website, trees cannot be reserved prior to arrival.

“Planting trees in the right spot can help them live longer and prevent storm-related power outages for our customers,” said EPB President & CEO David Wade. “Our EPB Energy Pros arborists can help customers choose the right location for new trees to avoid disruption and address questions for households who may be concerned about existing trees.”

Nine species of native trees and shrubs are available through Free Tree ReLeaf to eligible homes, chosen for their status as native plants and benefits to wildlife. Information about the ideal setting for each tree, planting guides and directions for care are available at

  • American Holly (Ilex opaca)
  • Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
  • Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalls)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
  • Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)
  • Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)
  • Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

“This is peak fall planting season, which is the perfect time to plant native trees and give them a sturdy foundation to take root before winter,” said Reflection Riding President & CEO Mark McKnight. “Offering native species makes it more accessible for our friends and neighbors to make a positive impact on our community and provide high-quality, nursery-grade trees that will grow into important parts of our ecosystem.”

As our community’s energy experts, EPB Energy Pros provide free home energy advice and resources to customers to help improve efficiency:

  • EPB and TVA EnergyRight® Home Energy Rebates: Help customers navigate the new rebate program that can save thousands of dollars on home energy improvements, like new HVAC units, windows, water heaters, insulation, ductwork and more.
  • EPB Home Energy CheckupsSM: In-person visits that provide personalized recommendations about cost-effective ways to make homes more energy efficient.
  • 30-Minute Calls with a Pro: Address questions or concerns about home energy efficiency via phone.
  • Quality Assurance Checkups: Review contractor work when complete to ensure they meet customer expectations.
  • Solar and EV charger installations: Advise on best practices, work with customers during installation process and provide a free, third-party verification of completed work. (EPB does not sell or install solar panels or EV chargers.)
  • Home appliance advice: Identify energy-efficient appliances for a range of budgets.

Visit to view videos and tips, schedule a free Home Energy Checkup or have a 30-Minute Call with a Pro.

The free tree program was created as a partnership between the City of Chattanooga and Reflection Riding intended to improve stormwater drainage and water quality following the Easter tornadoes in 2020. EPB began participating in fall 2022, which expanded eligibility to all EPB customers.


About EPB

With the mission of “enhancing quality of life in our community,” EPB is a municipal utility that delivers world-class energy and connectivity services to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding area. In 2010, EPB completed a 100% fiber optic network accessible to all its customers as the basis for launching America’s first community-wide Gig speed internet. The company still operates the world’s fastest community-wide internet service today at speeds up to 25 Gig. EPB also utilizes Chattanooga’s fiber optic network as the communications backbone for the most advanced and highly automated power distribution system in the United States. In 2022, EPB continued its commitment to keeping Chattanooga on the cutting edge by establishing our nation’s first commercially available quantum network--EPB Quantum Network℠ powered by Qubitekk which aligns local job creation efforts with the national priority to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technology.

Since switching the lights on for its first electric customer in 1939, EPB has grown to serve a 600-square-mile service area with cutting-edge infrastructure that integrates power distribution and telecommunications. At the same time, EPB keeps customer benefit at the center of all its efforts, earning recognition from J.D. Power as the #1 Mid-Sized Utility in the South for the last seven consecutive years based on customer satisfaction ratings. Learn more at

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