CY Arboretum

From the moment you enter the Cooper Young Historic District under the art railroad trestle, ginkgo lined Cooper Street greets you. Welcome to the “hippest” neighborhood in midtown Memphis. Quaint homes, restaurants, bars, small retail shops, businesses, and a brewery await you.

The Cooper Young Historic District comprises almost 60 blocks and is home to over 8,000 residents. The majority of homes were developed from the 1890’s to 1940’s. Queen Ann, Victorian, Foursquare, Colonial Cottage, and Craftsman Bungalows all represent the diversity of home styles in this charming neighborhood.

The Cooper Young Arboretum project was created by the Cooper Young Garden Club to encourage community involvement within our own urban forest. Our arboretum encompasses trees located in the front yards of homes, the Spanish American War Park, local businesses, and schools within our neighborhood. Our plan was to bring this arboretum to our neighborhood streets where residents and visitors walk, exercise, shop, dine, and socialize. Our desire is to add to our already magnificent canopy of trees, beautify our neighborhood, improve our air quality, and teach our children to love the beauty of nature.

We are living in a tree museum.

The Cooper Young Arboretum is supported by the Cooper Young Garden Club and the Cooper Young Community Association. Residents and businesses have agreed to maintain and care for their trees listed in the arboretum.

The Cooper Young Garden Club sponsors a yearly tree fund reimbursement program to add to our neighborhood canopy of trees and additional tree species. Additional information about this program is provided at the end of this website.

The Cooper Young Arboretum is free and open to the public daily. Pamphlets with a map may be found at the Cooper Young Community Association office at 2298 Young Avenue or viewed online at

Information about the Cooper Young Historic District may be found at the following websites.

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The gazebo surrounded by ginkgo trees at the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

Tours may be self-guided with the map or free tours of the neighborhood arboretum can be arranged by calling the Cooper Young Community Association office at 901-272-2922. For help on the walking tour, look for stenciled leaves on the sidewalk. The leaves will match you to the specific tree.

Tours will be conducted by members of the Cooper Young Garden Club.
Kim Halyak
Judi Shellabarger
Katie McHaney

Visitors to the arboretum can expect to see a wide variety of trees. We have huge very old trees to those newly planted to view. We have a diverse number of Conifers, Magnolias, Oaks, and Maples. The Spanish American War Park has a vast array of shrubs and trees to view.

We have also included smaller trees/shrubs with mature growth less than 15 feet for added interest.

Cooper Young Garden Club Tree Reimbursement Program

The Cooper Young Garden Club sponsors a yearly tree fund reimbursement program to add to our neighborhood canopy of trees and additional tree species. 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.

You must meet the following conditions to apply for the tree reimbursement program.
1. You must live in the Cooper Young neighborhood.
2. Choose a tree from the list of appropriate trees and plant in the front yard.
3. Provide a receipt to the GYGC.

List of Trees for CYGC reimbursement program

Other Fruit and Nut Trees Oaks Conifers Maples Elms
Osage Orange Pawpaw Southern Red Oak Redwood Dawn Trident Maple Cedar Elm
Littleleaf Linden Elderberry Scarlet Oak Contorted White Pine Box Elder Winged Elm
Pussywillow Pear Shingle Oak Atlas Cedar Silver Oak Lacebark Elm
Dove Tree Apricot Laurel Oak Deodar Cedar
Yellowood Shagbark Hickory Overcup Oak Bristlecone Pine
Blackgum Persimmon Turkey Oak Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Hophornbeam Plum Chinkapin Oak
Witchhazel Shellbark Hickory Shumard Oak
Rusty Blackhaw Serviceberry Laurel Oak
Common Winterberry Sweet Crab Apple Bur Oak
Hardy Rubbertree Black Cherry Blackjack Oak
Kentucky Coffeetree Pin Cherry Bluejack Oak
American Beech

In creating this arboretum, we also added educational websites for our neighborhood schools and for those students who are home-schooled.

Educational Websites: Cornell University Lab of Ornithology How to plant and care for trees.

Cooper-Young Historic District Arboretum

Acer buergerianum

Trident Maple

1968 Oliver

Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala

Amur Maple

1979 Oliver

Acer negundo

Box Elder

2099 Young

Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’

Coral Bark Maple

1021 Blythe

Acer rubrum

Red Maple

2256 Evelyn

Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple

1034 Blythe

Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush Buckeye

897 S. Cox

Albizia julibrissin


2045 Evelyn

Amelanchier arborea

Downy Serviceberry

1846 Nelson

Amelanchier xgrandiflora

Apple Serviceberry

2103 Nelson & Spanish American War Park

Asimina triloba

Common Pawpaw

2085 Elzey

Betula nigra

River Birch

2093 Young

Broussonetia papyrifera

Paper Mulberry

1062 Rembert

Calocedrus decurrens

California Incensecedar

2052 Nelson

Carpinus betulus

European Hornbeam

1035 Blythe

Carpinus caroliniana

American Hornbeam

Spanish American War Park

Carya illinoinensis


1859 Young & Peabody Elementary

Castanea mollissima

Chinese Chestnut

876 Meda

Catalpa bignonioides

Southern Catalpa

1824 Oliver

Cedrus deodara

Deodar Cedar

1831 Oliver

Cedrus libani ‘Pendula’

Cedar of Lebanon

2274 Nelson

Celtis laevigata

Sugar Hackberry

993 S. Cooper Stone Soup lot

Celtis occidentalis

Common Hackberry

993 S. Cooper Stone Soup lot

Cercidiphyllum japonicum


2093 Young

Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

2083 Young

Chamaecyparis thyoides

Atlantic Whitecedar

1915 Oliver

Chionanthus retusus

Chinese Fringetree

1980 Nelson & 2216 Nelson

Cladrastis kentukea

American Yellowwood

2103 Nelson

Cornus asperifolia

Roughleaf Dogwood

Spanish American War Park

Cornus florida

Common Dogwood

2104 Nelson

Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood

1969 Nelson

Cornus x rutgersensis ‘Celestial Shadow’

Flowering Dogwood

Spanish American War Park

Cotinus obovatus

American Smoketree

1915 Elzey & 1888 Walker

Cryptomeria japonica

Japanese Cryptomeria

1042 Blythe & Spanish American War Park

Cupressus sempervirens

Italian Cypress

2095 Nelson

xCupressocyparis leylandii

Leyland Cypress

1073 Blythe

Ficus carica

Common Fig

1846 Nelson

Firmiana simplex

Chinese Parasol Tree

1032 New York

Fraxinus americana

White Ash

2120 Young lot & 1930 Nelson

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Green Ash

2007 Nelson

Ginkgo biloba


2053 Oliver

Halesia carolina

Carolina Silverbell

1991 Oliver

Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

Nellie R. Stevens Holly

1064 Blythe

Ilex xattenuata ‘Fosteri’

Foster Holly

2244 Nelson

Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’

Chinese Holly

1064 Blythe

Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’

Weeping Yaupon

2160 Elzey

Juglans nigra

Black Walnut

1915 Nelson

Juniperus chinensis

Chinese Juniper

1960 Oliver

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Redcedar

lining Southern Avenue

Koelreuteria paniculata

Panicled Goldenraintree

2046 Nelson

Lagerstroemia (indica x fauriel) ‘Natchez’

Natchez Crapemyrtle

2103 Nelson

Liquidambar styraciflua

American Sweetgum

2019 Felix

Ligustrum sinense ‘Variegatum’

Varigated Chinese Privet

1979 Felix

Liriodendron tulipifera


1859 Walker

Maclura pomifera


2033/ 2037 Nelson

Magnolia grandiflora

Southern Magnolia

1865 Oliver

Magnolia macrophylla

Bigleaf Magnolia

2043 Nelson

Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia

2072 Felix

Magnolia xsoulangeana

Saucer Magnolia

899 Blythe & 1982 Evelyn

Magnolia stellata

Star Magnolia

1888 Walker

Malus sp.

Apple Tree

2012 Felix

Morus rubra

Red Mulberry

2113 Nelson

Osmanthus fragrans

Fragrant Tea Olive

1979 Oliver

Parrotia persica

Persian Parrotia

862 South Cooper

Picea pungens

Colorado Spruce

2240 York

Pinus parviflora

Japanese White Pine

2196 Nelson

Pinus strobus

Eastern White Pine

1021 Blythe

Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine

900 S. Cox

Pinus virginiana

Virginia Pine

2196 Nelson

Platanus occidentalis


1950 Nelson

Populus deltoides

Eastern Cottonwood

2177 Evelyn

Prunus sp.

Plum Tree

1915 Nelson

Prunus cerasifera

Cherry Plum

1858 Young & 923 New York

Prunus laurocerasus

Common Cherrylaurel

900 S. Cox

Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’

Redhaven Common Peach

1846 Nelson

Prunus serotina

Black Cherry

2100 Young

Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’

Japanese Flowering Cherry

2027 Walker

Prunus xyedoensis

Yoshino Cherry

1988 Young

Punica granatum


876 Meda & 2244York

Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’

Cleveland Select Callery Pear

2256 Evelyn

Quercus alba

White Oak

1056 Blythe

Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

2015 Felix

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak

862 S. Cooper

Quercus imbricaria

Shingle Oak

2053 Nelson

Quercus michauxii

Swamp Chestnut Oak

2236 Evelyn

Quercus muehlenbergii

Chinquapin Oak

2037 Nelson

Quercus nigra

Water Oak

1902 Oliver & 1858 Young

Quercus nuttallii

Nuttall Oak

862 South Cooper

Quercus pagoda

Cherrybark Oak

805 S. Cox & 2104 Nelson

Quercus palustris

Pin Oak

2244 Nelson

Quercus phellos

Willow Oak

2066 Nelson & 2244 York

Quercus virginiana

Live Oak

2091 Nelson

Rhus typhina

Staghorn Sumac

897 S. Cox

Robinia pseudoacacia

Black Locust

Spanish American War Park

Salix babylonica

Babylon Weeping Willow

2100 Young

Taxodium distichum

Common Baldcypress

935 Tanglewood

Thuja occidentalis

Northern White Cedar

1915 Elzey

Trachycarpus fortunei

Chinese Windmill Palm

2091 Nelson

Ulmus alta

Winged Elm

1021 Blythe

Ulmus americana

American Elm

2075 Oliver& 2072 Oliver

Ulmus parvifolia

Lacebark Elm

1882 Walker

Vitex agnus-castus


2093 Young

Trees of interest to label:

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’

Flowering Dogwood

1979 Oliver

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Brave’

Flowering Dogwood

Spanish American War Park

Ilex ‘Mary Nell’

Mary Nell Holly

1924 Elzey

Magnolia liliiflora

Lily Magnolia

1874 Oliver

Salix caprea ‘Pendula’

Weeping Pussy Willow

2059 Oliver

Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium


1915 Elzey

Thuja occidentalis ‘Filiformis’

Weeping Threadleaf Arborvitae

1924 Elzey

Prunus persica ‘Elberta’

Elberta Peach

1846 Nelson