The dark green Audubon Native Common Hackberry and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Common Hackberry
A native Common Hackberry planted in a landscape covered in dark green leaves
A map highlighting the locations where the Common Hackberry can be found natively growing
Red-Winged Blackbird perched on a plume of grass
Tufted Titmouse perched on a branch
Yellow-Throated Warbler perched on a branch
The dark green Audubon Native Common Hackberry and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Common Hackberry
A native Common Hackberry planted in a landscape covered in dark green leaves
A map highlighting the locations where the Common Hackberry can be found natively growing
Red-Winged Blackbird perched on a plume of grass
Tufted Titmouse perched on a branch
Yellow-Throated Warbler perched on a branch

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 40-60' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 50-60' apart

A TOUGH, NATIVE TREE WITH SUBTLE CHARMS FOR THE TOUGH-TO-GROW-IN SPOT IN YOUR LANDSCAPE

FEATURES:

  • Birds love the small, dark purple, cherry-like fruits that appear in early fall
  • Grows well under adverse conditions and is tolerant of frigid winters and blazing summers
  • The name Hackberry comes from the Scottish name for Bird Cherry
  • May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, mockingbirds, titmice, cardinals, and warblers
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native tree provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these trees safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Size A and larger - Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Audubon® Hackberry

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

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Why the Audubon® Hackberry?

The reason that Common Hackberry is common is because birds love it so much. Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, mockingbirds, titmice, orioles, and cardinals eat the sweet fruits and then spread the hard, indigestible seeds far and wide. It pops up in forests and wild spaces all over the Midwest and eastern states. Caterpillar-eating birds such as bluebirds and warblers like Common Hackberry, too, for the wide array of moths and butterflies it hosts. And, many birds like it as a tree to nest in. Shouldn’t such a beloved tree be in your backyard bird garden?

Common Hackberry happily inhabits all sorts of wild spaces from Texas to North Carolina and north into Canada. It thrives in forests and on prairies and riverbanks, and it gets along well even on rocky outcroppings. Wildlife flock to it. In early fall, the purple-brown fruits, which are sweet like raisins, attract songbirds for a free snack. Cedar waxwings and robins are especially fond of them. A variety of butterflies also visit this Tree. Mourning clocks, question marks, and tawny emperors are just a few that use Hackberry as a host plant.

How to use in the landscape?

Common Hackberry should be called the 'Butterfly Tree' for the wealth of butterflies it supports. Perhaps the most charming is the Hackberry butterfly. This endearing little creature loves people (actually, it likes to sip the salts from our skin). You may feel a tickle while you're out working in the garden and find a Hackberry butterfly has landed on you!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9

    Mature Height: 40-60' tall

    Mature Width: 40-60' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 50-60' apart

How To Plant

Common Hackberry will grow fastest in full sun or light shade, in soil that is rich and moist. However, it will put up with poor growing conditions without complaint.A couple of issues that Hackberries sometimes face are witches' brooms (a proliferation of congested, twiggy growth) and Hackberry nipple gall (which appears as small bumps on the leaves). Neither of these is a serious problem. They are merely cosmetic afflictions that aren't real threats to your Tree.

How To Water

Water your Common Hackberry well during the first couple of years of establishment - it should be able to fend for itself after that.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

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