At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cannabaceae
Latin Name: Celtis laevigata
Foliage: Green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 60 to 80 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Handsome, hardy, and fruitful, the Sugarberry is a majestic sight to behold and an impressive addition to any sizeable landscape. Native to the Deep South, you might hear of this species as “Southern Hackberry”, “Sugar Hackberry”, or just plain “Hackberry”. This is not to be confused with the similar Common Hackberry; however, the Sugarberry is found in bottomlands, as opposed to the Common Hackberry’s preferred uplands, and the Sugarberry’s leaves are narrower and smoother. The Sugarberry’s range stretches from the United States’ southeastern coast to Texas and northeastern Mexico, with some specimens even found on the island of Bermuda. This species belongs to the Cannabaceae family and is binomially classified as Celtis Laevigata.

Partial to the wetland ecosystem, the Sugarberry can be frequently found sprouting up along streambeds and in floodplains. With a 6-9 hardiness zone rating, it flourishes best in medium to wet, well-drained soils and beneath full sun to partial shade. A mature Sugarberry towers up at 60-80 ft. with a breathtaking 60-80 ft. spread, its expansive gray branches supporting a dense and round-crowned canopy. This tree’s deciduous green leaves are alternate, simple, pinnately veined, and tapering. Its bark is typically gray and smooth, though it is often speckled with light lenticels and becomes patched with corky warts over time. From April to May, the Sugarberry produces small golden flowers, a color motif echoed by the tree’s buttery autumn foliage. Its berry-like fruit is edible and sweet, varying in colors from reddish-orange to bluish-black.

Often planted in residential areas, the Sugarberry is prized for its tolerance for urban stressors and compact soils, as well as for its resistance against hackberry galls and verticillium wilt. Its wood is weak, however, and may break under the weight and stress of snow, wind, or ice. The tree attracts a diversity of wildlife, including squirrels and songbirds, which use the tree as both a sheltering habitat and food source.

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