Sugarberry

Arbor walk #29, Treekeeper ID #1658

This native tree performs well in urban conditions and is easily identified by its distinctive corky bark. But be careful because there are other relatives that are native to Missouri that have very similar bark such as the Common Hackberry.

The fruit produced by this species are often quite sweet (said to be sweeter than its relatives), which is what has earned the tree its common name. Ripening occurs in the fall, and the fruit is edible to both humans and local wildlife. It is more resilient to common diseases, but less able to manage highly frigid winters than its northern relative.

Common NameSugarberry, Southern
Hackberry
Latin NameCeltis laevigata
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