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Desert Hackberry

Desert Hackberry

Regular price $22.00 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 8-15 feet
Spread: 8-15 feet
Flower Color: greenish-yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Desert Hackberry, scientifically known as Celtis pallida, is a hardy, native shrub or small tree found in the arid regions of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It is highly valued in xeriscapes and native plant gardens for its drought tolerance, wildlife value, and ability to thrive in challenging environmental conditions.

Growing to about 8 to 15 feet tall and wide, with the potential to reach up to 25 feet under optimal conditions, the Desert Hackberry forms a dense, rounded shape with a thicket of branches. Its foliage consists of small, leathery, green leaves that provide a lush appearance throughout the year. Though the flowers are small and not particularly showy, appearing in spring, they are followed by bright orange to red berries in the fall and winter. These berries are not only visually appealing but also provide a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Celtis pallida prefers well-draining soil but is remarkably adaptable to a range of soil types, including poor soils. Its deep root system enhances its drought tolerance, making it an excellent choice for water-wise landscaping and for stabilizing soils in erosion-prone areas.

In landscaping, the Desert Hackberry is often used as a natural screen or hedge, in wildlife gardens, or as part of a native plant collection. Its ability to provide dense cover makes it suitable for use as a windbreak or privacy barrier. Additionally, its berries attract a variety of birds, making it a popular choice for bird watchers and those looking to support local wildlife.

Overall, the Desert Hackberry is a versatile and low-maintenance plant, ideal for gardeners seeking to create sustainable, wildlife-friendly landscapes in arid and semi-arid regions. Its resilience to drought, heat, and poor soils, combined with its ecological benefits, make it a valuable addition to any garden focused on native planting and water conservation.

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