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Encyclopedia > Celtidaceae


Hackberry

Southern Hackberry or 'Sugarberry'
Celtis laevigata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Ulmaceae
Genus: Celtis
Species

About 60-70 species including:
Celtis australis - European Hackberry
Celtis bungeana Bunge's Hackberry
Celtis caucasica - Caucasian Hackberry
Celtis labilis - Hubei Hackberry
Celtis koraiensis - Korean Hackberry
Celtis jessoensis - Japanese Hackberry
Celtis laevigata - Southern Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis - Common hackberry
Celtis reticulata - Netleaf hackberry
Celtis sinensis - Chinese Hackberry
Celtis tenuifolia - Georgia Hackberry


Hackberry Celtis is a genus of about 60-70 species of deciduous trees in the elm family Ulmaceae, widespread in warm temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, in southern Europe, southern and eastern Asia, and central North America. They are generally medium-sized trees, reaching 10-25 m tall, rarely up to 40 m tall.


The fruit is a small drupe 6-10 mm diameter, edible in many species, with a dryish but sweet, sugary consistency, reminiscent of a date.


 
 

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