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Celtis reticulata     
Netleaf hackberry   
Ulmaceae Family     

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


Form: unruly and sprawling when young; with age a large tree with unusual form
gray bark
nubby bark of
Celtis reticulata
Seasonality: deciduous; may retain leaves year round in Tucson
Size: 20-30ft with equal spread
Leaves: simple; rough-textured, long; surface like coarse sandpaper, especially on undersides; top dark green, lighter underneath
Flowers: not ornamental
Fruit: pea-sized berries; green turning orange/red by late summer or fall; much loved by birds
Stems/Trunks: twisted branching habit, "looks like a tangled mess" when young; stems and branches are contorted, growing in all directions; gray bark has distinctive nubby nodules
Range/Origin: southwest US and northern Mexico; elevations of 2500-6000ft; along washes
Hardiness: to 0°F




Netleaf hackberry tree
Celtis reticulata in Reid Park
aka Western hackberry

Difficult to sell to the public because of its unruly habit when young. Small plants in nurseries do not reveal the true attractive character of the mature tree.

self sows where water is plentiful

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