Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) (9541 bytes)    

Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a medium-sized native (to Eastern U.S.) tree that is well adapted to Colorado soils. It grows to 50 feet with a rounded crown just as wide. The Hackberry tolerates har, wind, alkaline soil and urban pollution. It is a good replacement tree for the American Elm because of its similar form and adaptability. Hardy in all zones.


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Foliage and Berries. Leaves are bright green, oval finely toothed and 2 to 5 inches in length. The berries attract birds as a source of food in the winter.

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Hackberry fall foliage is an attractive yellow.

Hackberry nipple galls (10267 bytes)

Hackberry Nipple Galls The only drawback with Hackberry's are insect galls on the leaves.

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Bark is grayish with distinct narrow, corky ridges that appear as eroded stucco-like projections when mature.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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