spiny hackberry Ulmaceae Celtis ehrenbergiana
Leaf:Alternate, simple, semi evergreen, oval to ovate, 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, coarsely toothed (dentate) on upper half of leaf or nearly entire, somewhat leathery, 3 distinct veins coming from the base, green above and below.
Flower:Very small, greenish-yellow, appearing in elongated clusters in leaf axils in early spring or later in the year depending on rainfall.
Fruit:Fleshy, round, 1/4 inch orange drupe, edible and sweet, ripen in late summer and fall.
Twig:Slender, grayish-green or red, stout thorns (up to 1 inch long) at leaf bases.
Bark:Gray-brown and smooth when young, later developing coarse, loose ridges and becoming shreddy.
Form:A large, dense shrub (numerous branches) reaching up to 15 feet in height.