Common Hackberry - Celtis occidentalis Hemp Family (Cannabaceae)

Erosion control: Common hackberry is included in windbreak plantings to control wind erosion. Additionally, its deep root system makes common hackberry useful for preventing soil erosion on disturbed sites.1

Native Americans valued common hackberry for medicinal, food, and ceremonial purposes.1

Wild turkey, ring-necked pheasant, quail, grouse, lesser prairie chicken, cedar waxwing, robins, and other bird species consume common hackberry fruit, which persist throughout the winter.1

This tree has a distinctive corky bark.2

  1. COMMON HACKBERRY. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Resources/Forestry/ky-champion trees/Documents/Hackberry% 20common.pdf. Edited June 23, 2004. Accessed December 4, 2023.
  2. How to Identify the Common Hackberry. Washington University Arboretum. common-hackberry/#:~:text=How%20to%20Identify%20the%20Common%20Hackberry%201%20Leaf,4%20Fruit%20Identification%20%205%20Flower%20Identification%20. No Publication Date. Accessed December 4, 2023.