Time to Dig Up Your Nandina(Sacred Bamboo) :  Cut down & dig up when the ground it wet. 

Nandina is invading our Forests and Fence Lines; Nandina can Poison Dogs, LiveStock and Birds : It Crowds Out Native Plant Populations

Yes, your grandmother and mother loved nandina (sacred bamboo) and even used it for holiday decorations.  But, now we know it has escaped cultivation; endangering native tree and shrub species and according to Mississippi State research, “Cyanide poisoning has been reported in livestock and dogs feeding on sacred bamboo.” ……………………….. In winter when food is often scarce, Cedar Waxwings will eat bright nandina berries.  Tifton Veterinary lab found that the sudden death of GA cedar waxwings was, “Consistent with lesions associated with cynide toxity. N. domestica berries may contain large quantities of cyanogenic compounds."

Nandina domestica : introduced in 1804 –native to Eastern Asia – escaped cultivation from VA to Florida, & TX ( 1st reported on 1964)

Native substitutes for Nandina domestica  from the TN Invasive Plant Council
Coastal Leucothoe (Leucothoe
axillaris) evergreen with colorful foliage --clusters of showy white flowers in spring

Florida Hobblebush (Agarista populifolia)
evergreen with colorful foliage --clusters of showy white fragile flowers in spring.  Cultivar 'Leprechaun' has a compact growth habit.- Attracts bees and butterflies

Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)
forms a low mound of compound foliage - sprays of small maroon flowers in early spring--- great fall color -

Golden and Shrubby St. John's-wort (Hypericum frondosum and H. prolificum) - showy  early spring yellow flowers & exfoliating bark - tough and adaptable to a variety of sites Attracts bees and birds.

I’m digging up my last 3 nandinas & will replace them with Savannah Holly.   JC

sources:  Read  for more detail.




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Trees Reduce Stormwater Runoff : Mature trees provide significant stormwater quantity and rate control benefits.

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 


March 20, 2020 Red Buckeye blooms signal the return of the Ruby- throated Hummingbird

How do I know if I have an ash tree?


L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

These Eight Organizations are Fighting to Save Tree Across the Globe: https://www.marthastewart.com/2224407/organizations-saving-trees

NEXT CHAPTER MEETINGThursday April 16,2020          1:00            MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

educational speaker:  TBA

Early ( above ) and late stage pupa of the beneficial twice stabbed lady beetle 

Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/fsa-7086.pdf

 Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/climate/trees-forests-climate-change.html

Volunteers planted 14 trees in four yards and the Glenview Arboretum 1.18.20.  Trees were donated by R. Beckwith,  the Wolf River Conservancy, & The Memphis Tree Board.

One of the books recommended by Eric Bridges at the 9.4.19 Urban Forestry Advisor Class held  at Memphis Botanic Garden

One of the books recommended by Deb Foehring at the 9.4.19 Urban Forestry Advisor Class.

VOLUNTEERS for Trees !

Tree Diseases



Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

TN Arbor Day for Memphis  2020 

Overton Park

The Ecological  Necessity of  Preserving  The Amazon Forest:


              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

Founded in 2004 as a regional chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council,  the West Tennessee Chapter  supports TUFC's  mission  in

  promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee.

February Overton Park Tour with Eric & Richard


Winter Tree I D with Bo & Linnea at MBG: I D  by  form, bud, bark

OVERTON PARK's 'OLD FOREST Recognized as "Ancient Forests that have Defied Urbanization https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-ancient-forests-that-have-defied-urbanization

2020 Upcoming OPPORTUNITIES to Earn Volunteer hours
contact volunteer coordinator : J. Castillo to volunteer
             send volunteer hours to Judi Shellabarger                                                       Remember, you can count meetings & lecture  attendance

Use the link below to record volunteer hours within 7 days.


Canceled    Education Chapter Fundraiser: Saturday March 27 3:00   Tour the WRC Arboretum  with Wes & Jim

$5.00 members $10.00 non members sign up w Jan

Canceled March 27.  Friday: Master Gardeners Spring Fling  9a.m. - 5p.m      ---educational booth

Postponed -- date TBA --Saturday March 28, 2020   Master Gardeners Spring Fling  9a.m. - 5p.m-- educational booth

Postponed -- date TBA   April 4, 2020  Saturday Tipton County Garden Show at Brighton High School in Brighton, TN.- educational booth

Postponed -- date TBA   education: Wednesdays April 8 & April 22- 10:00 -noon Germantown   Name that Tree -- Wes Hopper leads a tour of Oaklawn Gardens 7831 Poplar Pike

Postponed -- date TBA-education: Germantown  Saturday April 11  Nature Hike w Wes Hopper        RIVERWOODS   meet at Kimbrough Entrance  -

Postponed -- date TBA   Saturday April 18: Volunteer to work with  with Gernantown Ranger Lindsay  with  students for Art In Nature----  journaling in the outdoor classroom -- Contact Linsey Dolan

Canceled -  Wednesday April 22:  U of M Earth Day  -education booth     details TBA

 INVASIVE ALERT:  Nandina , Heavenly Bamboo

Why is this Ganoderma lucidum green?

2020 President Jim Gafford presents volunteer appreciation certificates at the February meeting.

Photo: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

click the link to learn more how privet can be successfully challenged 

Chapter Volunteers at 2020 Lichterman Birds & Seeds.


Support our dwindling population of pollinators & other Insects---LEAVE THE LEAVES  https://xerces.org/2017/10/06/leave-the-leaves/

North  American Ash Trees are Facing  Extinction. The Emerald Ash Borer is now in Middle Tennessee & Southern Arkansas. How can YOU KEEP IT FROM SPREADING  ?   USE ONLY LOCAL FIREWOOD.   


What's your opinion on " Let's Fill Our Cities with Taller Wooden Buildingshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/opinion/wood-buildings-architecture-cities.html

Recent Tree News

The twice stabbed lady beetle, the natural predator for Crape Myrtle bark Scale, is in the Memphis area.

Use Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants  Ed. 6 for establishing an arboretum


Tulip Poplar Buds

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J. Castillo

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