sugarberry Ulmaceae Celtis laevigata var. laevigata
Leaf:Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide, long acuminate tip, only upper half of leaf or less serrated (maybe entire), three distinct veins meet at the inequilateral base.
Flower:Very small (1/8 inch), greenish-white, produced on stalks near twig, appearing in spring.
Fruit:Fleshy, globose, 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter, orangish red turning purple when ripe, stalks short, maturing in fall.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, reddish brown, speckled with lighter lenticels, lateral buds are tightly appressed and triangular in shape, pith usually chambered at nodes.
Bark:Gray to light brown, smooth with corky "warty" patches, does not develop ridges, as does hackberry, although it is highly variable.
Form:Medium size tree to 80 feet tall, several feet in diameter, broad crown in open with drooping branches.