Hackberry Seedling
Hackberry Seedling
Hackberry Seedling
Hackberry Seedling

Hackberry Seedling

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Species: Celtis occidentalis

History: Hackberries can be found in parts of southern Canada and in the eastern and central United States. The berries produced by the tree are commonly eaten by winter birds and mammals like squirrels and indigenous peoples traditionally eat the berries raw or use them in several dishes. Although they tolerate urban conditions well, they are relatively uncommon as street trees except in Sombor, Serbia and Bratislava, Slovakia where they have been planted extensively.

Why We Grow It: These beautiful native trees resemble the American elm, but without the disease issues. Both birds and butterflies enjoy this tree. The sweet small fruit taste like dates with a large crunchy pit that can be eaten or discarded. Thanks to their unusually high levels of proteins, calories, and vitamins, they are a great food source.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but is adaptable to different soil types

Growth Habits: Tree generally reaches 9-15m tall

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating

Ripens: Late September

Storage: Keeps up to a week when stored in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, preserves

Height above soil line: 60cm+ 

Nature's Bounty Sale: we had ample seed this year and good germination; due to economy of scale, we can offer 50 pack bundles at 50% off retail value. This cannot be combined with any other deal, and we would appreciate payment by e-transfer or cheque to avoid credit card fees.

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