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Hackberry trees have smooth, gray bark that often has corky warts or ridges. The tree may reach 39 meters in height. Hackberry trees have long-pointed leaves that grow in two rows. The wood of the hackberry is yellowish.

Hackberry trees bear small, round berries that can be eaten when they are ripe and fall from the tree.

Habitat and Distribution

This plant is widespread in the United States, especially in and near ponds.

Edible Parts

Hackberries are edible when they are ripe and fall from the tree.

Steve's notes:

There are also varieties of hackberry that grow in desert environments, usually in gullies or places where water flows occasionally.

Here in Arizona they are especially sweet when they are half-dried.


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