Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16 - The Hackberry - Celtis occidentalis

The Hackberry - Celtis occidentalis.  

This is the first time I have included this tree on the blog.  I am including all Southern Appalachian trees for 2011 and had to change out some of the 2010 trees that do not live in the Southern Appalachians.  So, Welcome to the Hackberry Tree!!!

Thank you Widimedia commons for this beautiful image and photographer, Sten Porce.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Celtis-occidentalis-fruits.JPG

This tree can be identified in the winter by the bark.  The bark gets these incredible corky bumps all over it.  Many birds and small mammals eat these berries in the winter.

Rebecca 

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