Garden Club Brings Back Reimbursement Program

The Cooper-Young Garden Club has announced the start of its yearly tree fund reimbursement program to add to the neighborhood’s canopy of trees.

Native trees are a vital part of our neighborhood infrastructure. Trees improve air quality, reduce noise levels, absorb storm water, provide a wildlife habitat, moderate temperatures by cooling our streets and cities, prevent erosion, and provide energy savings. Trees create a tapestry of color, shapes, and shade that changes throughout the year. The color green is calming and relieves eye strain. Trees screen unattractive views and soften the harsh outline of masonry, metal, asphalt, steel and glass. People walk and jog more on shaded streets, which encourages interaction with neighbors and improves the sense of community. Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5 to 15 percent more than homes without trees. Where the entire street is tree-lined, homes may be worth 25 percent more. Trees enhance economic stability by attracting businesses; people linger and shop longer when trees are present. Where a canopy of trees exists, apartments and offices rent more quickly and have a higher occupancy rate; workers report more productivity and less absenteeism. Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes brain wave patterns.

The Cooper-Young Garden Club is committed to increasing the number and variety of tree species in the neighborhood. The club is urging homeowners and business owners to continue to rebuild the canopy of native trees by planting trees, caring for the ones they currently own, and giving financial support to the garden club to replant trees.

Staring January 1st, the CYGC will offer a tree reimbursement program to CY homeowners.

The Cooper Young Garden Club will reimburse for two trees a year in our neighborhood. The program will be on a first come, first served basis.  The CYGC will reimburse for half of the cost of the tree, not to exceed $100.00.

Applicants must line in the Cooper-Young neighborhood and be a member of the neighborhood association. Tree species must be selected from the list. A receipt must be kept for reimbursement. Contact the CYGC arboretum chairman Judi Shellabarger (901-496-1696) to notify of intent to plant.

Trees Eligible for the CYGC Reimbursement Program:


Chinkapin Oak

Southern Red Oak

Scarlet Oak

Northern Red Oak

Shingle Oak

Shumard Oak

Overcup Oak

Bur Oak

Laurel Oak

Turkey Oak


Trident Maple

Box Elder

Red Maple

Striped Maple

Black Maple


Dawn Redwood

Blue Spruce

Silver Korean Fir

Contorted White Pine

Bristlecone Pine

Japanese White Pine

Canadian Hemlock

Deodar Cedar

Atlas Cedar

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar





Shagbark Hickory

Shellbark Hickory

Butternut Hickory




Rusty Blackhaw

Common Winterberry

Kentucky Coffeetree


Blackgum/Black Tupelo

Downy Serviceberry

Allegany Serviceberry

Apple Serviceberry

Littleleaf Linden

Lacebark Elm



Parsley Hawthorn

Chinese Chestnut


American Hornbeam

American Elm


American Beech


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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