The hackberry, while often forgotten by casual consumers, is commonly heralded by tree experts as “one tough tree.” Found on a wide range of soils east of the Rockies from southern Canada to Florida, these trees thrive in a broad span of temperatures and on sites that vary from 14″ to 60″ of annual rainfall. They can even stand up to strong winds and tolerate air pollution.
- Is a tough and durable tree
- Can withstand strong winds, pollution, heat, drought, and salt
- Produces small dark-red berries that are popular with birds
- Will be delivered at a height of 3’–4′
- The Hackberry grows in zones 3-9.
- Mature Height: 40’–60′
- Mature Spread: 40’–60′
- Growth Rate: Medium to Fast
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet
- Wildlife Value: The fruit of the hackberry is popular with winter birds, especially the cedar waxwing, mockingbird and robin. The tree also attracts many butterfly species including American snout, hackberry, mourning cloak, and tawny emperor.
In earlier years, its tough, flexible wood was used for barrel hoops, and many a pioneer cabin was equipped with durable hackberry wood flooring. The tree was first cultivated in 1636.
Other common names given to the hackberry include common hackberry, sugarberry, nettletree, beaverwood, northern hackberry and American hackberry.