GRANJENO Spiny Hackberry
Celtis llida - Ulmaceae, Elm Family
DESCRIPTION: Small tree to large shrub with zigzag branches and paired spines on
trunk and twigs.
Height: 10-20 feet.
Flowers: White, small and
Fruit: Edible orange berries.
Foliage: Almost evergreen.
Bark: Mottled light gray to
reddish brown; smooth; paired spines.
Growth rate: Medium.
Occurs in nearly every dry habitat.
Invaluable to wildlife; fruit
for birds, raccoons, deer, and jackrabbits; leaves and branches browsed by
wildlife and livestock; a variety of butterfly caterpillars feed on leaves; good
honey plant; cover, nest sites.
Can be trimmed into an attractive
shrub or multi-trunked tree; encourage birds and other wildlife into your yard by
planting this bright-berried tree, or discourage human intruders by trimming it
into a spiny security hedge.