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Sugar Hackberry

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SUGAR HACKBERRY Palo Blanco, Texas Sugarberry
Ceitis laevigata- Ulmaceae, Elm Family


DESCRIPTION:

 Tall tree with broad, rounded, spreading crown.

  • Height: 30-50 feet, up to 100 feet.

  • Flowers: Green, small and inconspicuous;early spring.

  • Fruit: Small maroon or purplish berry.

  • Foliage: Deciduous, sometimes turns yellow in fall.

  • Bark: Light-gray, smooth; with corky warts and ridges.

  • Growth rate: Fast.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun. soil.- Tolerates wide range.

  • Drainage: Moderately drained.

  • Water: Medium; drought tolerant once established; stores water in trunk.

  • Maintenance: Little needed.

  • Propagation: Seed.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Wooded areas near riverbanks and drainage ditch banks.


WILDLIFE USE: 

Invaluable, proficient provider of fruits for birds; nest sites; leaves browsed by butterfly caterpillars, deer, livestock.


COMMENTS:

Will provide good fast shade to treeless areas; resists city pollution; songbirds are attracted to this widely planted ornamental that has a visually interesting combination of warty trunk bark and gracefully drooping branches. Relatively short-lived and shallow rooted.

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