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.
|Latin Name||Celtis laevigata|
|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|
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.