The Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a medium to large sized deciduous tree that typically grows 40-60’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with upright-arching branching and a rounded spreading crown. This tree is common throughout the East and Midwest. The silver gray bark of mature trees looks has pronounced ridges and a warty texture. The female flowers turn into round fleshy berry-like drupes maturing to deep purple. They taste sweet and are loved by birds. Ovate rough-textured leaves (2-5” ) are alternately arranged on the branchlets; they are uneven at the base and have a pointed tip. Leaves turn an unremarkable yellow in the fall.