Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Georgia Hackberry  
Celtis tenuifolia

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, lacking the long pointed apex of sugarberry.  Leaves have a sand papery surface, 3 main veins arising from the petiole, and a toothed margin. Fruit is a purple-black drupe. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 9 m (30 ft) in height found in the understory on a variety of sites in the southeastern U.S. The fruit is a favorite of birds.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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