Hackberry - Celtis Occidentalis

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A Hackberry Tree.

Hackberry is a hardy tree that tolerants heat, drought, wind, and alkaline soils very well. It grows rapidly and likes sun to partial shade.


Hackberry is a Host Plant for Five Different Butterfly Species

Hackberry Butterflies, Tawny Emperors, Question Marks, the Snout Butterfly and the Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) all use Hackberry trees as a host plant. All of these butterflies except for the Mourning Cloak also use Celtis laevigata (Sugarberry), another Hackberry tree species as a host. Mourning Cloaks also use Black Willows, Pussy Willows, Salix exigua and Hops.


Where to buy a Hackberry Tree

If you can't find a local source, a good online source for Hackberry trees is Nature Hills Nursery.

You can read more information about them on the Nature Hills Nursery site to either order, read more detailed information about Hackberry Trees or see more detailed pricing information. Or order by calling 1-888-864-7663 using the Source ID: 86642! You can also sign up to have a seed and plant catalog from Nature Hills Nursery mailed to your home to order also.


The Elm/Ulmaceae Family

This family includes trees and shrubs and sometimes woody vines. Trees include Hackberry trees and Elm trees. There are about 200 species of plants in this family throughout the world. Sixteen native to N. America




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