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Celtis sp., Bunge's Hackberry
Celtis laevigata

Celtis sp.

Bunge's Hackberry
Family: Ulmaceae
Origin: East Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDeciduous plantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Celtis sp. (Bunge's Hackberry), a deciduous tree native to East Asia, typically grows to a height of 10-20 feet and prefers full sun to semi-shade. Its lush foliage will attract a variety of butterflies, hummingbirds, and other animals. This small tree requires moderate water and has proven to be quite resilient in many parts of the world. It is cold hardy down to USDA Zone 9-11 at least for a short time and can resist temperatures as low as the 30s F.

The small, dark-purple berries produced by the Celtis sp. tree are quite sweet and edible. They boast a variety of health benefits, such as being high in vitamins and antioxidants. A single mature tree can produce up to hundreds of berries in one season. These berries can be used to make jams and jellies, as well as to flavor desserts.

Celtis sp. can thrive in pots, even in colder regions, as long as it's planted in a well-draining and nutrient-rich soil. Give the tree some protection during cold snaps and keep it well-watered. Prune the tree to promote the growth of new branches, and fertilize regularly to keep the tree healthy and strong. With the right care, a mature Celtis sp. tree will provide delicious fruits for years to come.

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