spiny hackberry Ulmaceae Celtis ehrenbergiana (Klotzsch) Liebm. Listen to the Latin symbol: CEEH Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: netleaf hackberry
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Additional Range Information:
Celtis ehrenbergiana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting spiny hackberry.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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