In a Nutshell:
* Celtis laevigata is a medium-sized tree native to North America. Common names include Sugarberry, Southern Hackberry, or in the southern U.S. Sugar Hackberry or just Hackberry.
* Celtis reticulata , or Netleaf Hackberry , with other names including Netleaf Sugar Hackberry , Sugar Hackberry , Texas Sugarberry , Palo Blanco , Acibuche , is a medium-sized tree native to North America , in the Western United States and Northern Mexico .
* Sugarberry is easily confused with Common Hackberry, (C. occidentalis) where the range overlaps. Sugarberry has narrower leaves which are smoother above. The species can also be distinguished by habitat: where the ranges overlap, Common Hackberry occurs primarily in upland areas, whereas Sugarberry occurs mainly in bottomland areas.
* Sugarberry's range extends from the Eastern United States west to Texas and south to northeastern Mexico. It is also found on the island of Bermuda.
* The fruits were eaten by the Apache, Chiricahua, and Mescalero, fresh and preserved for food.
* Sugarberry is frequently planted as a shade-tree within its range. It is well-adapted to urban areas, its elm-like shape and warty bark make it an attractive landscape tree.
* The leaves are eaten by a number of insects, particularly certain moth caterpillars.
* Sugarberry mixed with hackberry supplies the lumber known as hackberry. Small amounts are used for dimension stock, veneer, and containers, but the main use of sugarberry wood is for furniture. The light-colored wood can be given a light- to medium-brown finish that in other woods must be achieved by bleaching. The wood is also used to produce sporting goods and plywood. more...
* Celtis reticulata is cultivated by plant nurseries and available as an ornamental plant for: native plant, drought tolerant, natural landscape, and habitat gardens, and for ecological restoration projects. more...
A decoction of the bark has been used in the treatment of sore throats. It has also been used, mixed with powdered shells, as a treatment for VD. more...