Celtis occidentalis (Common Hackberry) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with challenging seeds. Sow them about 1/4 inch deep. Apparently, these benefit from a natural or artificial chilling period of about 3 months before experiencing warmth. Germination may be slow and irregular.

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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.

I still have 2021-collected seeds left but am de-listing them, as they need a chilling period and it is getting late to do that outdoors. If you are interested in them and accept that they will require an artificial chilling period, please send me a message through my Contact page and I can re-list the seeds for you.

Collected in late October 2021. At least 12 seeds.

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