netleaf hackberry Ulmaceae Celtis laevigata var. reticulata
Leaf:Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, 2 to 4 inches long, leathery, ovate in shape with an entire margin or with a few widely spaced teeth, dark green and rough on upper surface, conspicuous "net-like" raised veins on lower surface.
Flower:Very small (1/8 inch), pale green, appearing in early spring at the base of young leaves.
Fruit:Fleshy, sweet, globose drupe, 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter, reddish orange to purple when ripe in late summer.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, brown with numerous lighter lenticels when hardened, fuzzy particularly when young, tightly appressed light brown lateral buds, chambered pith.
Bark:Tan to gray-brown with conspicuous warts when young, when mature irregular corky ridges form.
Form:Generally a small tree (30 to 40 feet tall) with a short trunk and open wide spreading crown with crooked branches.