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John E. Krajicek and Robert D. Williams
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), is a widespread small to medium-size tree, known also as common hackberry, sugarberry, nettletree, beaverwood, north ern hackberry, and American hackberry. On good bot tom-land soils it grows fast and may live to 20 years. The wood, heavy but soft, is of limited commercial importance. It is used in inexpensive furniture where a light-colored wood is desired. The cherrylike fruits often hang on the trees throughout the winter providing many birds with food. Hackberry is planted as a street tree in midwest cities because of its tolerance to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.