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Identify the Hackberry

Tree in the Elm Family - Ulmaceae




Photo by Steve Nix
Hackberry (Celtis) is a genus of about 60-70 species of deciduous trees widespread in warm temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, in southern Europe, southern and eastern Asia, and southern and central North America, and south to central Africa and South America.
The North American hackberry grows in many different habitats, although it prefers bottomlands and soils high in limestone. Hackberry's wood is soft and rots easily, making the wood undesirable commercially, although it is occasionally used for furniture or other uses.

The Common North American Hackberry Species

Leaves: alternate, asymmetrical, unequal-sided, sharply toothed.
Bark: smooth with corky warts.
Fruit: a drupe.

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