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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
Native Hackberry tree leaf
Close up of Native Hackberry tree leaves
Native Hackberry Tree bark
Native Hackberry tree used in the landscape for birds and shade
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
Native Hackberry tree leaf
Close up of Native Hackberry tree leaves
Native Hackberry Tree bark
Native Hackberry tree used in the landscape for birds and shade

A STRONG NATIVE TREE WITH SUBTLE CHARMS FOR ANY OF YOUR TOUGH-TO-GROW AREAS

FEATURES:

  • Birds love the small, dark purple, cherry-like fruits that appear in early fall
  • Grows extraordinarily well in high temperature conditions and is very tolerant to frigid winter weather
  • Lime-green foliage in summer, changing to a light yellow in the fall
  • 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 plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    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

    Audubon® Native Hackberry Treeling

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Audubon® Plants for Birds: Celtis occidentalis

    Regular price $135.00
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    Why plant Audubon® Native Hackberry Treeling?

    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 Audubon® Native Hackberry Treeling 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?

    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 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.

    How To Plant Audubon® Native Hackberry Treeling

    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 twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    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. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

    How To Prune

    A young tree may need a little extra support to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. Stake your new Treeling with a 6-8 foot tall wood or bamboo stake. Use expandable ties that will stretch as the tree grows, fastening the stake to the main trunk from the base to the top. Check the ties every few months, at least twice a year; ensuring the ties are not digging into the trunk. If there is any sign of this, take the tie off and reattach it, giving the tree more room to grow.

    As your tree grows, remove a few of the lower branches each year in mid to late summer. Remove these lower branches before they reach 1/2 inch in diameter. It is better to make small cuts to avoid cutting a large, more mature branch - this is too stressful for the tree. Each year, make any corrective pruning needed, paying particular attention to removing damaged branches, rubbing branches, multiple leaders at the top, or suckers at the base. Limit any pruning to no more than 25% of the branching structure in a given year. Pruning benefits the tree and helps to achieve a balanced tree form.

    After two or three years you can feel free to remove the stake from the tree.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9

    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

    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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