Sonoran Desert Hackberries

Woody shrubs or trees. Drought or cold deciduous leaves are alternate and simple. Common species have berries. Elsewhere fruit is a winged samara. Two species here. Recently the hackberries were reclassified from the elm family (Ulmaceae) to Hemp Family (Cannabaceae).

Desert Hackberry

Celtis pallida

Net-leaf Hackberry

Celtis reticulata

Watercolor © by Michael Plagens

Large woody shrub with sharp, bifurcated thorns. Leaves are elliptic and feel gritty. Bright orange berries from greenish, obscure flowers. Common along better watered washes and in mountain canyons across much of the Sonoran Desert. Detailed Information

Photograph © by Michael Plagens

Medium sized tree. Broad, alternate leaves. Orange-red berries in fall. Found along riparian habitats in mountain canyons at higher elevations of the Sonoran Desert. Detailed Information

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 17 June 2009,
updated 1 Nov. 2018.