educational speakers: TBA

 Join WTC:TUFC & TUFC  for 2019

  • Pay on link below-- $50.00 to TUFC: $10.00 returned for chapter dues:
  • 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

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

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

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.

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J. Castillo

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

April Conifer Tours with Linnea & Bo -- (left )


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

Recent Tree News

The chinquapin was supposed to have been wiped out by blight. Now one determined Missouri naturalist is hand-pollinating trees in secret groves to bring it back.

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

Tree Diseases

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


Saturday  September 21:  shift 1:    9:30- 1:00     shift 2:  1-4

Sunday September 22:  shift 1:     9:30- 1:00     shift 2:   1-4


2019 West Tennessee Commercial Horticulture Expo

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

Register    with   Booker T. Leigh.      901-752-1207

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

Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Cooper Young April Arborertum Walk

with Judi &  Wes   (below)

Thanks to Bo Kelley & Linnea West for the  August Woodland Tree Tours

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.

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


Left: Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC

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."

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

Memorial Park Tree Tour with Linnea & Bo

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


Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

Packaging Native  Bare Root Trees Increases their Survival Rate

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

In late  May at Memorial Park ,  larvae of the  Twice Stabbed Lady Beetle, the natural predator to Crape Myrtle Bark Scale,(CMBS) ,  was busy destroying the scale. Below the moving larvae is  the adult Twice Stabbed lady Beetle.

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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

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

--Making leaf rubbing at Glenview Community Center Camp


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.

Support our dwindling population of pollinators & other Insects---LEAVE THE LEAVES

How do I know if I have an ash tree?

Carolina Buckthorn    July/August

 Arboretum Tree  Mulching at Glenview Park in May,

Tree Education @ U. of M. Earth Day

 Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds