UFA members helped the  SHELBY & Hardeman COUNTY 4-H -- identify trees for the Orion Hill Arboretum in Arlington, TN 





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

https://www.kroger.com/topic/community-rewards-9

How do I know if I have an ash tree?

https://www.vanderbilt.edu/trees/pages/ash


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

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)

         https://projects.ncsu.edu/goingnative/howto/mapping/invexse/bradfor.html
Read more about  the Bradford Pear Invasion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/how-we-turned-the-bradford-pear-into-a-monster/2018/09/14/f29c8f68-91b6-11e8-b769-e3fff17f0689_story.html?noredirect=on

                   

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

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

April Conifer Tours with Linnea & Bo

Packaging Native  Bare Root Trees Increases their Survival Rate

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

Welcome

website updated

3.25.19

by

J. Castillo

Volunteers have been busy this WINTER & SPRIN

Overton Park Tree Tour with Eric Bridges & Richard Beckwith

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


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.


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

https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/topic/ag-businesses-eab

Conifer Tours with Linnea & Bo --- Sign up for the next one


Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

Eastern REDBUD


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

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 

for volunteer hours.


  • March 29-Friday & 3.30 Saturday, 2019. 9a.m. - 5p.m.MAMG SPRING FLING 2019. Educational Booth 


  • Saturday April 6. 9-4  Tipton County: Meet Me in the Garden:  Educational Booth


Wed. April 17  10-2:00  U of M Earth Day


TREE TOURS for hours






 INVASIVE ALERT: THE Bradford Pear

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.

President Judi Shellabarger presents the past president's gift to Paul Buchignani :2.21.19 meeting.

Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:45 April 3rd, 10th, and 17th.                                    Call  901-636-4128  to register for one or all 3 sessions.
Join Bo Kelley and Linnea West --- Learn key ways to identify conifers  using  foliage, cones, & bark.
Free with garden admission. Register early, class size limited to 15. Each tour will cover a different area of the garden and will require significant walking.






 


Memphis Tree Board  & COOPER-YOUNG ARBORETUM TOUR  THURSDAY APRIL 25 --10:00 -meet Judi Shellabarger   & Wes Hopper                 at 871 Cooper---- sidewalk 

  Tour the Cooper-Young Historic District Arboretum to view at a variety of trees. We will walk about a mile and a half through the neighborhood. Bring your comfortable walking shoes, water, and sunglasses. Class size is limited to 20. The walk is free. Email Judi Shellabarger  to sign up.




Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING :  Thursday April 18. 2019 1:00  MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

educational speaker: Robert Davis retired senior Forestry Specialist for the WORLD BANK on  Forestry & Climate Change 

 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

Left: Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

     




              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

Despite the rain, our booth had many visitors at the 2018  Zoo Harvest  Fest .



The DIXON TREE TEAM works on Tree RISK ASSESMENT

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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC

 

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.   

 https://www.dontmovefirewood.org/invasive-species/


Left :  Volunteer certificates given at the 2.21.19 meeting.

INTERESTING TREE FACTS

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

 INSECT POPULATION  DROPPING at an  ALARMING RATE -- How Can You Help?

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

Tree Diseases