Tennessee Certified Arboreta

 

The purpose of the TUFC Arboretum Program is to expand the opportunity for the public to see many varieties of trees; to discover their different names, appearances and uses; and to learn of the benefits that trees provide to our environment, our public, our communities, and our state. We hope you learn to love and touch trees.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. 

ARBORETUM LEVELS: 

Site Inspections Occur April – September of each year!

A tree is defined as a woody plant with single or multiple trunks capable of growing to a height of fifteen feet (15’) or more.

Level 1 – 30 different species of trees labeled. A map with tree locations is preferred (with TUFC logo), but optional.

Level 2 – 60 different species of trees labeled. A pamphlet or map (with TUFC logo) showing the locations of the trees must be available for self-guided tours.

Level 3 – 90 different species of trees labeled. A pamphlet or map (with TUFC logo) showing the locations of the trees must be available for self- guided tours. Staff or volunteers must be available for tours.

Level 4 – 120 different species of trees labeled. A pamphlet or map (with TUFC logo) showing the locations of trees must be available for self-guided tours. Staff or volunteers must be available for tours. The arboretum must distribute a newsletter with at least two issues a year to at least 120 subscribers.

ARBORETUM PRE-INSPECTION CHECKLIST

  • Local expert(s) have helped to properly identify the trees and edited the tree list.
  • Trees have been evaluated and corrective actions have been performed to assure visitors and staff are not exposed to conditions likely to cause injury or death.
  • Trees are in good health and are/will be maintained to encourage health.
  • Trees are protected from string trimmer damage and mowers (through communication with maintenance, markings, mulch or protection device).
  • Mulch, if used, does not touch the tree trunks and the mulch is no deeper than 3 inches.
  • Newly planted trees have a watering schedule.
  • All trees are labeled with both their scientific and common names.
  • Tree labels are easy to locate and read.
  • A map is available for all Level 2-4 arboreta.
  • All paperwork and fees have been submitted online.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (3 – Year Period)

  • Sites open to the public are preferred, either for free or a fee. Special consideration for private sites is available.
  • Management practices by trained staff should include protection from mower & string trimmer damage, proper mulching, and/or herbicide treatment.
  • Plant establishment should exemplify current best management practices for planting, protecting and maintaining trees.
  • Tree labels should not damage any tree, and must be obvious and near the tree. Tree labels on stakes in the ground are preferred, but may be hang-tags on limbs, or put on trunks with aluminum nails or screws at readable height. Steel screws or nails are no longer recommended. Spacing-springs are optional, but need to be placed in front of the sign
  • Trees in or overhanging high-use areas in the arboretum must be in safe condition and inspected regularly for potential hazards.
  • If a tree has been determined to be an elevated level of risk, then corrective actions must be performed to assure visitors and staff are not exposed to conditions likely to cause injury or death.
  • The Tennessee Certified Arboretum sign must be posted and maintained.
  1. All labels must have botanical name (in italics or underscored) and common name. The current edition (6) of Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants is the Style Manual for names and labeling format. Other descriptive information is not required.
  2. Re-certification is required every 3 years to ensure that the arboretum maintains certification standards.
  3. Contacting a Certified Arborist to inspect all trees in accessible areas is encouraged before applying or re-applying.
  4. Check with your insurance carrier concerning public use of your property is also encouraged.

WHAT DO CERTIFIED ARBORETA RECEIVE?

  • A listing on the TUFC website, www.tufc.com.
  • An email subscription to the TUFC newsletter, Branching Out Newsletter.
  • A statewide and local news release announcement.
  • A certification sign is a Dibond/Aluminum Sign 20″ W x 16″ H with Digital Vinyl. Sign example click here.

*This sign must be displayed at all times during the certification period of 3 years. If stolen or destroyed, it will be replaced at arboretum’s expense. Additional and custom signs may be purchased.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Visit https://www.tufc.com/programs/tree/arboreta/ to start the online application process. Arboreta certification site inspection will be scheduled and conducted during the months of April – September of each year!!

Via the online application you will submit the following:

  1. A list of each tree in the arboretum
  2. A website description
  3. A narrative of the arboretum
  4. Pictures of the arboretum site
  5. Nonrefundable application fee