Celtis occidentalis

Georgia hackberry, dwarf hackberry

Celtidaceae

Synonyms:  Celtis tenuifolia

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-20 ft    Width: to 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Not typically grown but worth retaining if present as an understory tree.
Considerations: Has a shallow root system that may prevent plants from growing under it.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: neutral to calcareous

Ecology

Wildlife:
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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.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B

Other

Ethnobotany: Used for furniture, athletic goods, boxes and crates, and plywood. The common name apparently was derived from hagberry, meaning marsh berry, a name used in Scotland for a cherry.
Other Comments: Further north, this can be a moderately large tree.