Monday, May 16, 2011

May 16 - The Hackberry Tree - Celtis occidentalis

The Hackberry Tree in May

The Hackberry Bark
This Hackberry lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

The characteristic bark has what looks like corky bumps all over the bark.  The leaves are alternate, 2-5 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide.  The leaf base is rounded, unequal, the margins are coarsely serrate, and the tip are pointed.

The Hackberry tree is the host plant for several species of butterflies including one called the Hackberry butterfly.


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