L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

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/

Ilex verticillata  WINTERBERRY is a favorite of Cedar Waxwings

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

Recent Tree News

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council



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.

UFA 2019 Class

               3 photos below by Taylor Herndon

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Why are Trees Important to the Ecosystem ?

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 


How do I know if I have an ash tree?


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 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.




above:  Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

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

 INVASIVE ALERT:  Nandina , Heavenly Bamboo

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) 

Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

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


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

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

Packaging Native  Bare Root Trees Increases their Survival Rate

 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

Tree Diseases


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.

--Making leaf rubbing at Glenview Community Center Camp

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC


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

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/


educational speaker: Burk Renner: manager of Land Use Controls Office of Planning & Development

Cooper Young April Arborertum Walk

with Judi &  Wes   (below)

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

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.


January 11, 2020: Tree planning in the Glenview Neighborhood        time TBA

January 18, 2020  Martin Luther King Days of Service:   Glenview  Park      time  TBA

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

Saturday January 25, 2020-- Lichterman Birds & Seeds

 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

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

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

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

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

Judi Shellabarger Receives  TUFC"s President's Award

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

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.   


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



           EARTHA REAVES                JUDITH RUTSHMAN

VOLUNTEERS for Trees !

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J. Castillo

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Organization Name: WTUFC       Organization Number:UX807


Tree Education @ U. of M. Earth Day

Memorial Park Tree Tour with Linnea & Bo

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

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