Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 40 feet plus
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: 1/4 inch reddish to black sweet fruit
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellowish white to greenish
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 8:17 PM

Celtis laevigata, commonly called "Sugarberry" is a deciduous North American native tree that can reach heights of 60' to 80'. Sugarberry has an elm-like shape with a broad open crown, drooping branches, and warty bark. The drupes (fruit) start out green, ripen to a purplish black color, and are a favorite of birds.

Here in my area the "Sugarberry" tree is the first to lose its leaves in autumn and also the first tree to leaf out with pretty light green foliage in spring, and it's a beautiful shade tree during the summer months. Mature trees have interesting, corky/warty looking bark.

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Some kind of cherry ?? by gingin Nov 2, 2011 12:49 PM 7

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