Plant ID forum: Celtis australis, Mediterranean hackberry

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NCRAS
May 24, 2017 2:05 PM CST
Hi, this tree is in the Central Valley of N. Calif. My mother planted this tree so I am certain it is something interesting? With the enclosed photos, you can see that it was grafted and it would have been purchased this way. I suspect the leaves and little 3/8 size green round seeds/fruit? will make this an easy ID? It was most likely purchased at a private nursery in an area from San Francisco to the Sierra Foothills and from Fresno to Chico or it could have been mail order... It shoots up sprouts from the roots from the base of the trunk to approx. 6' away from the trunk. Thank you in advance!


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Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it!
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Silversurfer
May 24, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Looks like Celtis australis.

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DaisyI
May 24, 2017 5:11 PM CST
It does look like Celtis australis. And NCRAS, you are right - I have never seen one in the Central Valley.
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San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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NCRAS
May 25, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Thank you for the replies. After reading up on these trees, I wonder why this tree is not larger? Based on grainy photos, it is at least 12 years old. So is that a graft? Why would anyone graft these trees? I am not able to find anything about the grafting of these particular trees. I did try the fruit and lived to post to this forum the first time. Thanks again for the ID!
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greene
May 25, 2017 5:17 PM CST
I know nothing about what grows in California but I found a site that pinpoints certain plants; looks like there are at least 2 of these trees in the northern part of the state:
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bi...
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