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Hackberry

Celtis occidentalis

Staff Favorite

Characteristics:
Medium-sized tree, highly tolerant of urban conditions, with unusual bark at maturity.

Growing Conditions:
Best grown in full sun but tolerant of partial sun. Prefers moist, rich soils and is also highly adaptable to adverse conditions.

Uses:
Shade tree, deciduous windbreak, and erosion control.

Height:
45' at maturity

Width:
35' at maturity

Shape:
Upright oval in youth, rounded to irregular as it matures

Flowers:
Greenish-yellow in April and May, they emerge with leaves. Not ornamentally significant.

Leaves:
Leaves are medium to dark green, about four inches long, and alternate along the stem. Yellow in fall.

Bark:
Grayish brown, thin and rough when young with corky ridges developing later. Bark becomes ornamental with age.

Society of Municipal Arborists 2020 Urban Tree of the Year! Native from Quebec to Oklahoma.