Also Known As: Texas sugarberry, Sugar hackberry, Hackberry, Palo blanco, Southern hackberry, and Lowland hackberry

Scientific Name: Celtis laevigata

Trail Location: 12


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Sugarberry at Townsend RIver Walk & Arboretum - Spring 2019
Plant Type:

Cannabaceae (Hemp)

USDA Hardiness Zones:
6, 7, 8, 9

USDA Plant Id:

60 - 80
60 - 80


Leaf Description:
Has no serrated edge or a serrated edge that starts mid-way up the leaf to the point.

Fall Leaf Color:
Muted Yellow

Host Plant for the Following Butterflies
Hackberry Emperor and American Snout.

Wildlife Value
Mockingbirds,Robins and other song birds eat the fruit from the tree and use the tree for nesting.

Whitetail deer eat the leaves and fruit.

 The Sugarberry has mousy gray bark with warts!  Little protrusions that look very similar to a Hackberry tree.  The difference between the Sugarberry and Hackberry are in their leaf structure.  Both have smooth edges along the base base but the Hackberry has small teeth up to the point of the leaf while the Sugarberry has no teeth or teeth that start around mid-way up the leaf.    This tree is native to East Tennessee and likes limestone based soil such as we have here on the River Walk.