Providing Nashville’s uninsured individuals with no-cost, superior healthcare.


If you find yourself in need of medical care but don’t have health insurance, Nashville’s Shadetree Medical Clinic is here to help. Since 1935, this non-profit organization has been providing essential services to the uninsured and underprivileged members of the community.

Shadetree Medical Clinic is a welcoming and peaceful haven for individuals who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system. With a team of dedicated volunteers and professional staff, the clinic offers a wide range of medical services, from basic check-ups to specialized treatments.

Shadetree’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, has access to high-quality healthcare. Thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors, the clinic is able to offer its services free of charge. And with more than 9 out of 10 individuals in Nashville currently uninsured, the need for such services is more pressing than ever.

What sets Shadetree Medical Clinic apart is its commitment to providing a holistic approach to care. The clinic is grounded in the philosophy of Planetree, an international leader in patient-centered care. This means that in addition to treating medical conditions, Shadetree focuses on addressing the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of its clients.

Shadetree’s commitment to a patient-centered approach is reflected in its certifications and affiliations. The clinic is a certified Planetree organization and an affiliate of the Tennessee Hospital Association. These credentials demonstrate Shadetree’s dedication to providing the highest standard of care to its clients.

The impact of Shadetree’s work goes beyond Nashville. With its footprint nationwide, the clinic is serving as an inspiration for other communities to establish similar programs. By offering free high-quality care to the uninsured, Shadetree is playing a vital role in bridging the healthcare gap in our nation.

As the sun rises over Nashville, the shade of the Shadetree becomes a symbol of hope and support for those in need. Just like the mighty oak and the towering redwood, Shadetree stands tall, providing a safe haven for individuals who may otherwise be left without healthcare. Through its hands-on approach and dedication to compassionate service, Shadetree is making a difference in the lives of countless individuals in the Nashville community.

So, if you or someone you know is in need of medical care but does not have insurance, Shadetree Medical Clinic is here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get the free, high-quality care you deserve.

Top 10 Shade Trees for 2022

Providing shade and a welcoming atmosphere, shade trees are a great addition to any landscape. If you’re looking for the perfect shade tree for your yard in 2022, here are the top 10 options:

  1. Red Oak (Quercus rubra) – Known for its beautiful red foliage, the Red Oak is a popular choice for its fast growth and tolerance to various soil conditions.
  2. Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) – The Tuliptree is a tall, fast-growing shade tree with unique tulip-shaped leaves. It thrives in well-drained soil and provides excellent shade.
  3. London Plane (Platanus x acerifolia) – The London Plane is a majestic tree that grows well in urban areas. It has a strong tolerance for pollution and adapts to various soil conditions.
  4. Maple (Acer spp.) – With its stunning fall colors, the Maple tree is a favorite among homeowners. There are various species of Maple, each with its own unique characteristics.
  5. Birch (Betula spp.) – Birch trees have a beautiful white bark and provide dappled shade. They thrive in moist soil conditions and add a touch of elegance to any landscape.
  6. Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) – Known for its graceful, drooping branches, the Weeping Willow offers shade and a peaceful sight. It requires regular watering and grows well near water sources.
  7. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) – The Pin Oak is a tall and stately shade tree with attractive dark green foliage. It tolerates wet soil conditions and makes a great addition to any yard.
  8. White Oak (Quercus alba) – The White Oak is a long-lived tree that provides excellent shade. It grows well in various soil types and has a strong tolerance for heat and drought.
  9. American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) – The American Beech is a slow-growing shade tree with beautiful foliage. It requires well-drained soil and provides a tranquil atmosphere.
  10. Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) – Although not native to Tennessee, Redwood trees offer unmatched beauty and shade. They require a large space to grow and thrive in mild climates.

Whether you’re looking for a tree that grows fast, provides a dense shade, or offers unique foliage, there’s a shade tree on this list that will meet your needs. Take the time to choose the right tree for your space and enjoy the benefits of shade for years to come!

1 Quaking Aspen

The Quaking Aspen, scientifically known as Populus tremuloides, is a stunning tree that grows in Nashville. It is a top choice for individuals who want to support the environment and enjoy the peaceful sight of this high-quality tree.

Quaking Aspen is known for its tolerance to various sources, making it a popular choice among clients who care about the planet. It grows to a height of 40-50 feet and has a spread of 20-30 feet, providing shade and a welcoming atmosphere for patients and students alike.

Since our mission is to provide free high-quality care to Nashville’s uninsured individuals, the Quaking Aspen perfectly aligns with our commitment to making healthcare accessible to all. We pledge to have Aspen trees planted in our facilities to create a peaceful and healing environment for our patients.

The Quaking Aspen is part of the wider Aspen family, which also includes trees like the Willow and the Tuliptree. These trees are majestic in their stature and add beauty to any landscape.

In addition to its beauty, the Quaking Aspen also has a rich history. It has been grounded in Nashville’s landscape for more than four generations, making it a symbol of stability and resilience. Its leaves turn a stunning yellow color in the fall, adding warmth to the changing seasons.

As an organization, we strive to be professional and welcoming to our patients. By having Quaking Aspen trees on our premises, we aim to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere where patients feel safe and cared for.

Furthermore, the Quaking Aspen has affiliations with the scientific community. Its name, Quercus tremuloides, signifies its connection to the Quercus genus, which includes trees like the Oak and the Maple. This association adds to the tree’s reputation as a certified choice for its quality and stability.

By choosing the Quaking Aspen, we also demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility. We are actively working towards reducing our carbon footprint and partnering with utilities like Mastec Electric to ensure our facilities are powered by renewable sources by 2022.

In summary, the Quaking Aspen is a tree of great significance to us. It represents our mission to provide high-quality care to Nashville’s uninsured population while also supporting the environment. It is a sight to behold, and we are proud to have it as part of our landscape.

2 Weeping Willow

2 Weeping Willow is a peaceful and stunning tree that grows on the grounds of our high-quality care center. Known scientifically by the name Quercus, this graceful tree provides shade and welcomes our patients, volunteers, students, and all those who come to seek our professional services.

Since 2022, we have been serving Nashville’s uninsured individuals with great dedication. Our mission is to provide free, high-quality care to those in need, and the 2 Weeping Willow tree symbolizes our commitment to a welcoming and peaceful environment.

2 Weeping Willow

The 2 Weeping Willow tree stands tall with its beautiful cascading branches, providing shade and a sense of calmness to our clients. Its stunning presence is a source of inspiration for our volunteers and students who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of our patients.

As a tree affiliated with the Planetree organization, we are grounded in the belief that high-quality care goes beyond medical treatments. Our services are not just about treating illnesses, but also about nurturing the well-being of the whole person.

Our commitment to environmentally friendly practices extends to the 2 Weeping Willow tree as well. We manage our vegetation and footprint with great care, and our choice of the 2 Weeping Willow tree aligns with this commitment. This tree is known for its longevity, and it has gracefully stood the test of time.

The 2 Weeping Willow tree is not the only tree on our grounds. We have a variety of trees, including the 1 Pin Oak, 3 Redwood, 4 Maple, 5 Quaking Aspen, and 6 London Plane Tree. Each tree adds to the natural beauty of our space and provides a sense of calm to those who visit.

On the top of our list of priorities are the safety and well-being of our patients, volunteers, and staff. We ensure that all our trees are well-maintained and regularly inspected for any potential hazards. Our commitment to safety is reflected in our professional certifications and affiliations with reputable organizations.

Various Trees

We would like to express our gratitude to our generous donors, such as MASTEC and other nationwide supporters, who have made the existence of the 2 Weeping Willow tree and our free high-quality care services possible. Their ongoing support and pledge to our cause enable us to continue serving Nashville’s uninsured individuals with compassion and excellence.

In conclusion, the 2 Weeping Willow tree is a symbol of our commitment to providing free high-quality care to Nashville’s uninsured individuals. Its peaceful and stunning presence, along with the other trees on our grounds, creates a welcoming environment for all who seek our services. We are proud to have the 2 Weeping Willow as a part of our mission and as a representation of our dedication to serving the community.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.