Sugarberry

Arbor walk #29

 A Missouri native, it is also Native to much of the Southeastern and South Central US, the Sugarberry acts as the southern counterpart to the Northern (Common) Hackberry, and it often goes by the name Southern Hackberry. 

Name Sugarberry
Latin Name Celtis laevigata
Type Native, Shade
Diameter 36.5 dbh
Color of Leaf Green, yellow fall color
Shape of Leaf Ovate, 2-4″
Color of Flower Inconspicuous
Shape of Flower —–
Fruit Characteristics Red or orange drupes
Bark Characteristics Slightly warty
Foliage Type Deciduous

The Sugarberry can easily be recognized by its bark, which is covered in wart-like bumps. The fruit this large shade tree produces are often quite sweet, which is what has earned the tree its 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. Although the fruit of the Sugarberry are its most utilized aspect, it is also a very good shade tree, as its canopy can grow to be quite broad.

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