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Net-leaf Hackberry

Celtis laevigata var. reticulata

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Net-leaf Hackberry makes for an excelent native shade tree in the urban areas of the Sonoran Desert. This specimen is cultivated at the Gilbert Water Ranch, Gilbert, Arizona.

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TREE: Under the favorable conditions often found within Arizona's riparian woodlands net-leaf hackberry can reach stately proportions supported on a robust trunk. Bark on mature trees is distintively warted and creased between stretches of smooth gray-brown. Many net-leaf hackberry trees can be fould on less favorable sites and may be rather shrubby with multiple trunks.

LEAVES: Leaves are elyptic to ovoid, alternate on the stem, with wavy, entire margins. Veins beneath are prominent as described in the common name. The texture of mature leaves is tough and gritty.

RANGE: Fairly common at the mid to lower elevations in wooded canyons. Ranges across the western United States and northern Mexico in similar habitats.

FRUIT: Orange-red berries with one seed mature in fall often drying and remaining on the tree for months. Relished by many bird species such as Townsend's Solitaire. The seeds within the berries pass through the bird unharmed thereby providing dispersal.

FLOWERS: Green and small, borne in clusters.


Ulmaceae -- Elm Family

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