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Cultural Details for Celtis occidentalis

Common Name:
Common Hackberry

Growth Rate:
12-24" per year

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Not showy, small flowers. April-May.

Fruit Details:
Fleshy, yellow, orange-red to dark purple rounded drupe' 0.33" diameter. Ripening in September and October, persistent for several weeks; flavored like dates and relished by birds and wildlife; one hard seed which if bitten into will shatter teeth.

Fall Color:
Yellow or yellow-green

Bark Details:
Trunk and older limbs with narrow corky projecting edges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf spots, witches' broom, powdery mildew, Gonoderma rot, hackberry nipple-gall, mourning-cloak butterfly and several scales. Immune to Dutch elm disease

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Good tree for it performs well under adverse conditions.

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted; prefers rich, moist soils, but grows in dry, heavy or sandy, rocky soils, withstands acid or alkaline conditions; moderately wet or very dry areas; tolerates wind and full sun.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1473, 1481, 5273

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.