Celtis laevigata

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Celtis laevigata
  • COMMON NAME: Sugar Hackberry
  • FAMILY: Ulmaceae
  • NATIVITY: Virginia to Florida, west to Illinois
  • GROWTH HABIT:  40-60’ (100’)
  • HARDINESS:  Zone 5 to 9
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Low wet soils, floodplains, full sun and wet-dry soils
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Seral
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative Upland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Attractive to Wildlife
  • FOLIAGE:   Alternate, simple, oblong-lanceolate; entire margin, dark green and glabrous; turning to yellow in the fall.
  • BUDS:  Tightly appressed to stem, tightly pointed and pubescent
  • BARK:  Resembles C. occidentalis but without the wart-like protrusions
  • FRUIT:  Red fruit that attracts birds and opossums
  • PESTS:  None serious
University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153