Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
This moderate to rapid grower is very adaptable to the extremes of urban conditions, including drought and windy conditions. The bark is corky and rough in texture.Highly valued habitat tree, especially by birds (including robins, quail and cedar waxwings) for its small berry-like fruits called ‘drupes’ that contain its seed. The fruit ripens in the fall and is often the last source of sustenance for hungry birds in the winter. And a slew of butterflies are particularly attracted to the Hackberry as a larval host for their offspring. Full sun to part shade.
** Named the 2020 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists.
Map courtesy of the USDA-NRCS Plant Database.