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Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Scientific Name: Celtis occidentalis
Available Size: 4-6′

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Type: Deciduous tree

Family: Cannabaceae

Height:40-60 feet

Spread: 40-60 feet

Native Range: Central and Northeastern North America, statewide in Missouri

Ideal Site Requirements:

Soil: moist organically rich well drained soil

Water: Medium to wet

Sunlight needs: Full sun to part shade

Tolerates: Drought, clay soil, wet soil, air pollution

Landscape use: shade tree, street tree, rain garden

Brief Description: Tall with upright-arching branching and a rounded spreading crown, with up to 3’ trunk diameter. Distinct mature gray bark with corky ridges and warty texture.

Wildlife Benefits: Fruits are eaten by birds who spread the seed.

Possible Problems: Hackberry nipple gall is common. Although the galls do not hurt the tree, they often significantly disfigure the leaves. Witches’ broom (dwarfed, dense, contorted twig clusters at the branch ends) is also somewhat common. It also does little harm to the tree, but can be quite unsightly. Powdery mildew, leaf spot and root rot may occur. Watch for lacebugs and scale.

Stand out Features: Tough shade tree that grows well in a wide range of soils.

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