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

Tree Diseases


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

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

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

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

Chapter Volunteers at 2020 Lichterman Birds & Seeds.


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

VOLUNTEERS for Trees !

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

Volunteers planted 14 trees in four yards and the Glenview Arboretum 1.18.20.  Trees were donated by R. Beckwith,  the Wolf River Conservancy, & The Memphis Tree Board.

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.

 NEXT CHAPTER MEETING Thursday February  20 , 2020          1:00            MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

educational speaker: Wes Hopper on WTC-TUFC History

Congratulations Germantown: Tree City of the World



Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

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.

UFA 2019 Class

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

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

Judi Shellabarger Receives  TUFC"s President's Award

Photo: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service,

What's your opinion on " Lets Fill Our Cities with Taller Wooden Buildings


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

website updated



J. Castillo

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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

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

These Eight Organizations are Fighting to Save Tree Across the Globe:

Recent Tree News

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.

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

Judith Rutshman won the media award for her WYPL TV and FM  Nature of Conservation Series. Listen to one of her shows now

How do I know if I have an ash tree?

OVERTON PARK's 'OLD FOREST Recognized as "Ancient Forests that have Defied Urbanization

(Ilex verticillata)  WINTERBERRY is a favorite of Cedar Waxwings

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.

Wednesdays Feb 19  &/or 27 th     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. 

Saturday, February 22, WRC 15th  ANNUAL TREE PLANTING | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm –volunteers for the field and to help volunteers plant saplings in containers

Shelby Farms Park  (Gate 11 (Dog park) , off Raleigh Lagrange Road)

First week of March-- Tree Packaging for Arbor Day -

Wed. March 4  Memphis Botanic Garden ( depending on tree delivery)  Help  Redbud, dogwood, buttonbush, Shumard Oak, & Tulip Poplar saplings have a good start  by  keeping their roots damp & labeling with site requirements &planting instructions. 

Friday  March 6  12 noon  City of Memphis TN Arbor Day    Overton Park   East Parkway Pavilion--389 East Parkway   --- Free Redbud, Dogwood, & Buttonbush Saplings

Saturday  March 7,  2020 11:00-1:00   educational booth  VECA Arbor Day Celebration at Kirby Station

March 27.  Friday: Master Gardeners Spring Fling  9a.m. - 5p.m      ---educational booth

Saturday March 28, 2020   Master Gardeners Spring Fling  9a.m. - 5p.m-- educational booth

April 4, 2020  Saturday Tipton County Garden Show at Brighton High School in Brighton, TN.- educational booth

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

Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

 INVASIVE ALERT:  Nandina , Heavenly Bamboo