A relatively unknown and underappreciated shade tree, the hackberry has distinct, light-gray raised corky bark and delicate, light green leaves resembling those of the American elm but are smaller in size. The hackberry is tough – tolerant of a variety of soil types and moisture conditions – and valued by wildlife for its small berry-like fruits called “drupes” that contain its seed.
Size and Light Requirements
The hackberry is a generalist. It performs well in full sun or partial shade conditions. A slow grower, in 40-50 years hackberries can reach approximately 30 to 40 feet in height.
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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.