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Celtis occidentalis

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'Common Hackberry' is a plant in the Celtis genus with a scientific name of Celtis occidentalis. The botanical name epithet for Common Hackberry (occidentalis) means 'western'.

Known to attract bluebirds.2
Host plant to many butterfly species.4
Good native alternative to elms.
Good in urban gardens.
Shade tree.
Yellow in fall.

When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Pansy purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark pastel green and   Banana yellow

A type of semi-edible fruit / none, it mainly grows as a deciduous plant - which means that it sheds leaves annually.

Common Hackberry normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 59.44 feet (that's 18.29 metres metric). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by mid autumn.

Common Hackberry is a great plant to attract butterflies and birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Common Hackberry originates from.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common Hackberry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Common Hackberry

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Common Hackberry likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Common Hackberry are Zone 2 and Zone 10. Keep in mind when planting that Common Hackberry is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Common Hackberry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common Hackberry from seed

Erratic germination
Cold-stratify for 2-3 months before sowing

Transplanting Common Hackberry

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Common Hackberry is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Common Hackberry

Fruit is sweet and edible, but small and hard to gather.

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Common Hackberry Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin occidentalis meaning “western”.

Other names for Common Hackberry

Celtis, American Hackberry

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