Celtis pallida     
Desert hackberry   
Ulmacea Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: irregular ('odd shaped') shrub; sometimes trained to very small tree
Seasonality: semi evergreen
small desert hackberry shrub
Celtis pallida
Size: 10-16ft, spread 8-10ft; moderate growth rate
Leaves: small, oval, bright green, sparse, dentate margins
Flowers: greenish yellow, not ornamental
Fruit: tiny round fruit (1/2 size of pea), bright orange color; much loved by birds
Stems/Trunks: gray-green stems; heavily armed, difficult to work around
Range/Origin: Sonoran deserts; found naturally in foothills around Tucson
Hardiness: to low teens



close-up of thorns
leaves and thorns on Celtis pallida

found naturally in washes

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