Pruning

Hardy and drought resistant, the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) are quick-growing deciduous trees with fiery-hued berries. Maturing to 60 ft. tall with a spread of 35 ft., the hackberry is also known as the sugarberry or false elm. Its fruits are attractive to cedar waxwings, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and robins. The leaves also provide food for many caterpillars.

Regular pruning is required as the first 15 years of this tree's life are formative in creating a sturdy structure. Prune during the dormant season only. Prune to create wide crotches, rather than narrow.

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