(Celtis laevigata )
The Elm Family (Ulmaceae)

Medium sized tree with rounded crown and slightly drooping branches; alternate, deciduous leaves and grayish, warty bark. Also called Hackberry.


Thickets, open woodlands, streams and river banks.

Interesting Facts: 

Sweet fruit can be consumed by humans. Mixtures created from the bark used for treating sore throats, indigestion and sexually transmitted diseases. Excellent native tree for urban planting. Wood is used for producing furniture, posts and plywood. Host to the Hackberry Emperor Butterfly.

Fleshy, orange-red to purple, short stalked drupe .25 to .375” in diameter; maturing in fall.
Greenish-white, .125”, produced on stalks near twig appearing in spring.
Wildlife value: 
Fruit, leaves and flowers are used by fruit-eating songbirds, mammals and pollinating insects; provides cover for birds, mammals and insects.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 2.00-4.00 inches
Tree height: 60.00-100.00 feet

Where to find Sugarberry on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WAB - Walker Branch Trail 12.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.