Net Leaf Hackberry


Scientific Name Celtis reticulata

Common Name: Net Leaf Hackberry, Palo Blanco
Family: Cannabaceae
Duration: Perennial

Size:Up to 48 feet tall more or less; trunks to 20 inches or so
Growth Form: Large shrubs and small trees; plants not armed; bark gray and smooth, deeply furrowed or textured with ridges or rings at maturity.
Leaves: Green; alternate; deciduous; highly variable, ovate to lanceolate, asymmetrical, about ½ inch long and up to 3 or 3½ inches; upper leaf surface (adaxial) gray green, yellow green below (abaxial); often leathery, numerous insect galls; margins entire or serrate on the upper end (distal).
Flower Color: Inconspicuous; axillary inflorescence usually stalked (peduncle); flowers may be bisexual or unisexual on the same plant; fruit a spheric, persistent orange,red or green 1-seeded drupe.
Flowering Season: March to April

Comments:Celtis reticulata provides shelter and food for wildlife including birds, mammals and butterflies. The        Emperor butterfly caterpillars (Subfamily Apaturinae) which feed on the leaves.