Celtis laevigata

hackberry, sugarberry


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 60 to 80 ft    Width: 30 to 50 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Rarely used but suited to informal areas. Tolerant of root disturbance, so appropriate to parking lots and street tree uses.
Considerations: Somewhat weak. Shallow root system limits plants growing under it.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


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Fruits are eaten by a number of birds and small animals. Attracts various pollinators. Provides valuable wildlife cover. Larval host for hackberry emperor (Asterocampa celtis), and mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) butterflies. Sole larval host plant for American snout (Libytheana carineta) in South Florida; also larval host for tawny emperor (Asterocampa clyton), question mark (Polygonia interrogationis) butterflies.
Native Habitats: River floodplains, ruderal

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Interesting, warty bark on some specimens.