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TREE FACT: Since 2007, we have helped plant 360,000 trees in Tennessee.  In 2017 alone we launched 100K Tree Day, and with the help of 20,000 volunteers planted 100,000 trees in all 95 counties in Tennessee!

TREE FACT:  Studies indicate communities with more trees have less crime1

TREE FACT:  Planting 30 trees each year offsets greenhouse gases from your car and home2

TREE FACT:  In 50 years one tree provides $130,750 in total benefits including oxygen, air pollution control and stormwater drainage 3

boy two hands on treeTREE FACT:  The U.S. Forest Service found that more than two million acres of Tennessee’s native forests were cut and more than 500 thousand acres of forest were converted to other uses.

Thank you for visiting the Tennessee Tree Project page.  Tennessee Environmental Council has a goal of planting or caring for 1 million native trees in Tennessee.  

If you have just received or planted a tree, congratulations!  We hope to help answer questions you may have about your tree including when & how to plant and/or care for it. 

How to Plant Your Tree: Visit the Tree Help Guide for step-by-step planting instructions. The best time of year to plant is FALL and EARLY SPRING.  If you are planting in the late Spring (after Earth Day) or Summer, we recommend planting in a pot where you can tend it, and plant in the ground this Fall. Also use our Useful Tree Resources for more tips on how to plant your tree and which varieties may be best for you!

Organize a tree planting event!  Click here for a guide for suggestions on how to have a successful event that’s fun, builds community and shares the love of nature.  

Tree Varieties that we have planted throughout Middle Tennessee:

Eastern Red Cedar- Grows to 10-50 feet on average.  Is actually a juniper species not cedar and produces juniper berries. Drought tolerant.

Virginia Pine – Grows up to 70 feet. Grows rapidly.  Highly drought tolerant.

Locust TreeGrows to 30-50 feet. Thorny. Ideal for streamside and wild – not landscaped – settings.



 Shumard Oak –Grows up to 60-110 feet.  Moderate growth.  Drought tolerant.
American Plum (Wild Plum) – Grows to 35 feet.  Understory tree. Requires moist soil conditions.  All parts of this tree, except the plums, contain the toxin hydrocyanic acid.  Serviceberry – Grows to 15-25 feet.  Full sun or partial shade. Soil should be rich, moist and well drained. Ideal along edge of woods, streams, ponds.

Redbud – Grows to 15-30 feet.  Full Sun or light shade.  Medium growth rate. Moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Staghorn Sumac –  Grows to 15-30 feet.  Grows rapidly.  Drought tolerant.  Black Cherry- Grows to 25-110 feet.  Fast growing.  Edible fruit, but the rest of the plant contains amygdalin and can be toxic if consumed. 
 Silky Dogwood    
Silky Dogwood – Grows to 6-10 feet.  NOT drought tolerant. Intermediate shade tolerance.  Moderate growth rate. 
Buttonbush –  Grows to 5-12 feet.  Full sun to partial shade. Grows in moist conditions – not drought tolerant.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Buckbrush (Coralberry or Indian Currant)-This is a shrub, not a tree.  Grows 2-5 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. Drough tolerant. Berries are emergency foodsource for wildlife. 

 In the News:

 Tec Tree Project Murfreesboro   HabitatforHumanityTNTrees
Volunteers helping in Murfreesboro   Planting with Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers Planting Trees   TN Tree Project was featured on the TN Wild Side program on Public Television 







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1. Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition FY2007 Funding Recommendations, April 2006.
2. Trees Atlanta, Facts, www.treesatlanta.org
3. Southeast Watershed Forum, The Value of Community Forests

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