netleaf hackberry Ulmaceae Celtis laevigata var. reticulata Willd. var. reticulata (Torr.) L.D. Benson Listen to the Latin symbol: CELAR Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: sugarberry - spiny hackberry - American elm
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Additional Range Information:
Celtis laevigata var. reticulata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting netleaf hackberry.
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External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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