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Sugarberry, Hackberry, Sugar Hackberry, Texas Sugarberry, Southern Hackberry, Lowland Hackberry, Palo Blanco
Celtis laevigata


Sugar Hackberry grows across the eastern two thirds of Texas, the only hackberry that occurs in all ten vegetational areas of the state. It will grow on almost any type of soil as long as it has fair drainage. The bark is generally smooth and devoid of the wart-like projections on trunks of common hackberry, C. occidentalis. It is frequently found in mixed to pure stands in abandoned fields where it is a colonizer. It is a tough durable tree - fast-growing, drought tolerant and an important food source for birds.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: greenish, inconspicuous

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small 1/4" blue-black drupe with a hard nut-like seed inside; favorite of birds

Height: to 60'

Width: to 65 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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