History/general species info: Also known as: Sugarberry, Southern hackberry, or in the southern U.S. sugar hackberry, Hackberry, Palo Blanco, Acibuche.
Characteristics: Tough. Durable. Fast growing. Medium tree or large shrub with gray bark. Requires very little maintenance. The leaves turn yellow or yellow-green in the fall. It is frequently found in stands in abandoned fields where it is a colonizer.
Flower/fruit: It has small red, orange, or green flowers in March and April. Small 1/4" blue-black drupe with a hard nut-like seed inside; favorite of birds
Planting / Care: Plant in full sun, high heat tolerance and low-medium water requirements. Aggressive root system (do not plant next to house foundations or septic systems. Grows well in pots and can be trimmed to keep the tree small for several years.
Size and Spacing: Grows up to 60 ft high, and 65 feet wide
Pollinator needed to bear fruit: - only use this for fruit/nut tree listings :)
Wildlife: Sugarberry is a host tree for six butterflies: Mourning Cloak, Question Mark, Hackberry Emperor, Comma, Snout, and Tawny Emperor butterflies all host on Sugarberry trees.Birds, including robins, cedar waxwings, and mockingbirds.