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hackberry
(Celtis occidentalis L.)
Tree Number 1813 in the VT Campus Tree Inventory

Location: On the lawn between Davidson and Williams Hall; GPS: 37.223347, -80.420643

Size:
  • DBH 33 inches
  • Crown Spread 45
  • Height 65 feet
  • Description: Hackberry is a tree that is native to the northeast and the great plains. It grows on bottomlands, but is locally more common on dry limestone outcrops. Hackberry is gaining popularity as an ornamental for its tolerance of floods and drought, light shade, and very interesting warty-corky bark. Hackberry fruit is edible (but watch out for the big pit) and very tasty, with a flavor that is best described as honey on whole-wheat toast. According to the USDA Forest Service, delicious hackberry fruit is also eaten by lots of animals, including squirrels, quail, ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey, cedar waxwings, sharp-tailed grouse, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, mockingbirds, robins, and other birds.

     

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