Native to: Eastern United States Crown: Broad-headed, rounded open form Height: 40 - 60 feet Width: 30 - 40 feet Growth Rate: Moderate
Characteristics: The Hackberry has inconspicuous flowers. It has yellow fall foliage and tolerates high heat, wind, alkaline soil and urban pollution. The fruit is relished by birds and wildlife. It is deep rooting and can accept a somewhat shady location.
Negative Features: Occasionally susceptible to aphids. Container trees may do better than bare root. Recommend also using stock that has roots balled in soil and wrapped in burlap.
Uses: Good for all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector and residential streets. Good substitute for Elms. Suitable for planting along boulevards.
Comments: The Common Hackberry is an excellent shade tree for tough urban conditions. Improved cultivars that are recommended for use are 'Prairie Pride' and 'Chicagoland.'