Just being outside can improve your psychological health, and maybe your physical health too https://qz.com/1258538/just-being-outside-can-improve-your-psychological-health-and-maybe-your-physical-health-too/

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about the chapter,  TN Arboretum establishment,  how to become a Tree Sanctuary,, Historical & Landmark Trees , chapter bylaws &  etc.

Left: Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC

Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

The White Ash Tree like the one above  is threatened. -L.  compound leaf  - information below on the Emerald Ash Borer.


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

website updated



J. Castillo

Overton Park Tree Tour with Eric Bridges & Richard Beckwith ( right)

Tree Diseases




 Arboretum Tree  Mulching at Glenview Park in May,

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



educational speaker:Vicky Sims :National Hardwood Lumber Association

Re-register every January --$upport our chapter: Get your Kroger card & sign up for the  2017  Kroger Community Awards Program  (must re-enroll each year

Enter organization’s number 95352,  or   WTUFC


Landscaper's  Dream Tree Becomes Thorny Forest Nightmare

  • Bradford Pear is grafted  on Callery pear (intoduced to the U. S. from China in 1908)  root stock

  • In the early 1960's the National Arboretum released the Bradford Pear as a blight resistant sterile , attractive landscape plant ---- it was over planted

  • the Chinese  Callery pear root stock sends out suckers that produce flowers, and thorns

  • the blooms of the Callery Pear  are pollinated by bees,  the seed is spread by birds

  • now escaped into our forests & causing envirommemtal  disturbance  the  Bradford Pear is replacing  native trees and creating thorny thickets

  • Alternative Native Species: American Plum (Prunus americana), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

Read more about  the Bradford Pear Invasion



Fight for Our Pollinators-- Remove Privet --- see link on  "Removing Invasive Plants Make a Difference." http://usinggeorgianativeplants.blogspot.com/2019/02/removing-invasive-plants-makes.html

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.

UFA 2019 class

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

Why are Trees Important to the Ecosystem ?

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours. (CNN) Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named "Green Legacy," spearheaded by the country's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ...Jul 30, 2019

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

The Bradford  Pear is most conspicuous when it blooms in late winter or early spring----- You can view its white blooms in mid to late March  across fields and highways nearby ---- take a drive on  highway 72 to gauge its unbelievable spread

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.   


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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

Packaging Native  Bare Root Trees Increases their Survival Rate



--Making leaf rubbing at Glenview Community Center Camp

Tree Education @ U. of M. Earth Day

Memorial Park Tree Tour with Linnea & Bo

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

UFA 2019 Class

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.

Cooper Young April Arborertum Walk

with Judi &  Wes   (below)


2019 West Tennessee Commercial Horticulture Expo

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2 & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3,      Agricenter International           7777 Walnut Grove Rd      Memphis 

Register    with   Booker T. Leigh.      bleigh.1@utk.edu      901-752-1207

 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

Recent Tree News


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

Volunteers Help Michigan State Students plant trees in NPI's  Carnes Garden --- Re -Foresting Vacant  Lots

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

2019 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.


Native Trees forFall Colorwith Bo Kelley & Linnea West
-identify native trees by examining leaves with changing fall color, and mast  10/30/2019, 9:00 to 11:00 - a.m. clipboard suggested -- limited to 15
Contact: Memphis Botanic Garden  901-636-4128

November 23 , 2019                 EDUCATIONAL BOOTH   1:00-4:00  Oaklawn ArboretumTree Tour w Wes Hopper , Cloyes  Family Home & Garden Tour w Julie Morgan  plus a bake sale  

Saturday January 25, 2020 Lichterman Birds & Seeds

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

How do I know if I have an ash tree?


 Join WTC:TUFC & TUFC  for 2019

  • Pay on link below-- $50.00 to TUFC: $10.00 returned for chapter dues:
  • https://www.tufc.com/donate/#members
  • If you have paid  $10.00  to  treasurer Wes Hopper  for local dues--- mail a  $40.00 check for TUFC dues  to
  • TUFC  P.O Box 58443 Nashville, TN 37205