SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA and Louisiana State Arboretum - Ville Platte, LA
A medium to large deciduous tree with slightly drooping branches. Fruit is sweet and edible. Wood is widely used for production of furniture and plywood.
Native to North America.
Previously listed in the Ulmaceae family.
Additional Common Names
SUGARBERRY, SUGAR HACKBERRY, COMMON HACKBERRY, MISSISSIPPI HACKBERRY
Spreading with a High Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 50 - 60 feet.
Width: 40 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Medium to Light Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Greenish-White. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Orange, Purple or Red Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer Edible and Wildlife use it.
Bark Mottled, Light Gray, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 20.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Beetle Leaves and Scales, Mistletoe, Armillaria and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Celtis laevigata Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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