Wild NCC

Common Hackberry

(Celtis occidentalis)

The common hackberry, botanical name is Celtis Occidentalis, is easily distinguished by its cork-like bark with wart-like protuberances. The Common Hackberry is able to withstand a wide verity of temperatures, as it is found from Southern Canada to Florida. The tree’s pea-sized berries are edible, ripening in early September. Unlike most fruits, the berries are remarkably high in calories from fat, carbohydrate and protein, and these calories are easily digestible without any cooking or preparation.