Celtis laevigata

Sugar Hackberry

Tips for Homeowners:

Low maintenance if grown naturally, but if grown near sidewalks or patios expect seed litter.

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This is a good medium-sized shade tree that produces fruit that is highly appreciated by a variety of birds.

  • Attractive smooth gray bark
  • Wildlife attracted to sweet, blue-black fruit
  • Large, rounded shade tree

 Ideal for naturalizing, and for growing in large landscapes.  Dependable for southern Kansas.

Height: 60-80 ft
Spread: 60-80 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Sugar Hackberry:

A native tree in southern regions of the U.S. growing along streams and floodplains, this tough tree has proven its tolerance to a wide range of soils.  It does produce fruit that are favored by a wide variety of birds and wildlife.  The birds will eat the fleshy part of the fruit and will then disperse the seeds as birds do.  Some hackberry tree or shrubs are prone to witch's broom, but this species is resistant.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Disease Resistant
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Dark Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water