Common Hackberry, celtus occidentalis

Common Hackberry, celtus occidentalis
Item# DA-commonhackberry
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Product Description

Inventory as of Jan 10, 2016: 8000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - Hungary

The Common Hackberry, is a large tree native to North America. The Common Hackberry is easily distinguished by its cork-like bark with wart-like protuberances. The leaves are distinctly asymmetrical and coarse-textured. It produces small berries that turn orange-red to dark purple. The Common Hackberry is easily confused with Sugarberry or Sugar Hackberry and is most easily distinguished by range and habitat. The Common Hackberry also has wider leaves that are coarser above. A large tree with a slender trunk, rising to the height of 130 feet in the souther United States, but in the middle states it attains the height of 60 feet with a handsome round-topped head and pendulous branches. It prefers rich moist soil, but will grow on gravelly or rocky hillsides. The roots are fibrous and it grows rapidly. Hackberry is native to North America from southern Ontario and Quebec, through parts of New England, south to North Carolina, west to northern Oklahoma, and north to South Dakota. The Common Hackberry grows in many different habitats, although it prefers bottomlands and soils high in limestone. Its shade tolerance is greatly dependent on conditions. In favorable conditions its seedlings will persist under a closed canopy, but in less favorable conditions it can be considered shade intolerant. The small berries, hackberries, are eaten by a number of birds and mammals. Most seeds are dispersed by animals, but some seeds are also dispersed by water. The Common Hackberry's wood is soft and rots easily, making the wood undesirable commercially, although it is occasionally used for furniture or other uses. The berries, although edible, are small and out of reach, and are seldom eaten by humans. The Common Hackberry is only occasionally used as a street or landscape tree, although its tolerance for urban conditions make it well suited to this role. The Common Hackberry is cold hardy to USDA Zone 3

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 24 hours. Stratification: Cold stratify for 90 days. Germination: Sow seed 3/8" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Other: Can also be sown in the fall for spring germination.