Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

A small to moderate size shade tree, the Common or American Hackberry, is a fast growing, deciduous, and cylindrical shaped tree. Both its mature height and crown spread range between 40 to 60 feet.

The greenish-yellow flowers which bloom in late April to early May give a spring color of lime to its surroundings. The Hackberry has a gray, rough and corky bark and summer foliage of a medium green color with yellow-green underside.

Edible and small, the orange-red drupes ripen to a dark purple in early fall and are relished by birds.

The Hackberry is a great addition to urban landscapes since it tolerates adverse soil conditions, especially withstanding soggy soil or extreme drought, and is also wind tolerant and cold hardy.

Attracts: American SnoutHackberry EmperorMourning Cloak,  and more

Color(s): orangish than red-purple fruit

Sun Exposure: Sun

Soil: Soggy

Average Height: 50 ft.

Average Spread: 50 ft.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 2 - 9

Note: Adverse condititions

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Photo Credits:
Fred Miller

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