Common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a deciduous tree that can eventually reach to 60 feet or more. In a landscape, it’s basically a shade tree rather than an ornamental, as its spring flowers are not showy. The small, rounded fruits that develop from the female flowers add some interest in late summer to early fall, when they turn from green to orange; then they ripen to purple-black. There’s not much flesh on them, but if you pop a mature fruit into your mouth and work it around a bit (spit out the hard seed), you can detect a sweet flavor. Birds feed on the fruit, and a variety of insects (including the larvae of question mark and mourning cloak butterflies) feed on the foliage, which is green in summer and yellow in fall. Common hackberry is native to parts of central and eastern North America; these seeds are from wild plants in my hedgerow in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to partial shade; adapts to a range of growing conditions. Zones 3 to 9.
Collected in late August 2023. At least 12 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.