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

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

above:  Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

UFA 2019 Class

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

Cooper Young April Arborertum Walk

with Judi &  Wes

Tree Diseases

The Dixon Tree Team tagged their last tree in November. Over 1000 trees were surveyed.


                photos  by Taylor Herndon

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

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




           EARTHA REAVES                JUDITH RUTSHMAN

(Ilex verticillata)  WINTERBERRY is a favorite of Cedar Waxwings

Judi Shellabarger Receives  TUFC"s President's Award

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

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.


Monday January 18, 2020: Tree planning in the Glenview Neighborhood        time 1:30       WTC-TUFC & Memphis Tree Board

Monday January 20, 2020  Martin Luther King Days of Service:   Glenview  Park      9:30- 11:00     - we need wheelbarrows - help Enterprise Car Inc, volunteers mulch arboretum trees              WTC-TUFC  has partnered with Leadership Memphis

More  MLK Day Volunteer opportunities --  WTC-TUFC has partnered with Leadership Memphis

              MLK   Monday 1.20. 20 8:30-11:30    T.O. Fuller State  Park   Trail Maintenance

                    MLK Monday 1.20.20 9:00-10:30 Elmwood Historic Cemetery  Rake leaves and clean up  Rakes provided \

           MLK Monday 1.20.20  Planting Fruit & Nut  Trees at  Carnes Garden   10:00am - 1:00pm      meet at  VAB Banquet Hall         413 Decatur Street   Memphis, TN 38105

         MLK   Monday 1.20.20  8:30-11:00  hours for Master                          Gardeners       --Carpenter Garden Cleanup -295 Carpenter St 

Friday 1-24-20 Chucalissa 11-1 trail cleaning

Saturday January 25, 2020-educational booth @ Lichterman Birds & Seeds- full

Wednesdays Feb 12th  &/or 19th     MBG   Winter Native Tree ID Walks      1:00 - 3:00 pm                               Join Arborist Bo Kelley and Tree Team Volunteer Linnea West to identify native trees by examining buds, bark & form in MBG's Woodland Trails. Register for one or both class----walks limited to the first 15 registrants. 901-636-4128  to register. Free with garden admission.

January & FebruarySaturday Privet Pulls -- 9-noon   901.636.2221
Lichterman Nature Center  - Saturdays (except 1..25.20)


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.

Fall Tree Walks with Bo Kelley & Linnea West were well attended

website updated



J. Castillo

Grab your Kroger card & support our Chapter---Enroll inKroger Community Rewards


When the link above  opens  click on the link for               “I’m a Customer.

if you don’t already have a digital account, (Kroger Card)  you have to enroll before going any further

Organization Name: WTUFC       Organization Number:UX807

VOLUNTEERS for Trees !

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

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.




Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

ClickABOUT in the menu bar to learn more

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

 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

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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit


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

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.

 Join WTC:TUFC & TUFC  for 2020



educational speaker: Wes Hopper on WTC-TUFC History

 INVASIVE ALERT:  Nandina , Heavenly Bamboo


Eartha Reaves, surrounded by family,  and W. Tn Urban Forester Ryan Morris accepts the 2019 Arboretum Award from TUFC President Neil Letson

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.   


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/

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

Recent Tree News

Memorial Park Tree Tour with Linnea & Bo

Judith Rutshman won the media award for her WYPL TV and FM  Nature of Conservation Series. Listen to one of her shows now  http://www.memphislibrary.org/wypl/programs-tv/nature-of-conservation-wypl/

Claire Barnett and Steve Brown Receive there UFA Certification  from President Judi Shellabarger at the 12.12.19 meeting. 

Bill Bullock and Sarah Hadskey were also certified -- ( will get future photo) 

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

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


How do I know if I have an ash tree?


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