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Tree of the Week

Mature Hackberry Shades College CampusHackberry

Celtis occidentalis--Hackberry 

Hardiness Zones: 2 to 9 
Height: 50 ft
Spread: 50 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: This tree makes a great backdrop for your more dramatic landscape elements! It is often used in street planting as it tolerates adverse growing conditions. The mature bark has a remarkable rough, corky texture and the fruit is small and turns from orange red to purple, just as leaves start to change in mid-autumn.  It grows in sun or partial shade, and makes a fine shade tree itself.

Hackberry is able to grow in a variety of sites and soil types. Although it grows best in moist soils near stream banks and on flood plains, it will grow on dry, less fertile soils. Annual height growth will decrease in drier soils. Common hackberry can also survive long periods of drought due to its deep root system. It will not occur on sites with a permanently high water table, but mature trees can survive occasional periods of excessive flooding.

Yellow hackberry fall color with small berries changing color.

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