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Celtis pallida - Torr.

Common Name Desert Hackberry
Family Ulmaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In deserts, canyons, mesas, washes, foothills, thickets, brushland, and grassland near gravelly or well-drained sandy soil at elevations of 1000 - 1300 metres[270].
Range South-western N. America - Texas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Celtis pallida Desert Hackberry


Celtis pallida Desert Hackberry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Celtis pallida is an evergreen Tree growing to 5.5 m (18ft 1in). It is in leaf all year, in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. A mealy pleasant acid taste[149]. The fruit is up to 8mm in diameter[227], though most of this is the large seed[K]. The N. American Indians ground the fruit and ate it with parched corn or fat[227]. This means that they probably also ate the seed[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Fuel  Soil stabilization  Wood

The plants have an extensive root system and are sometimes planted for erosion control[149, 227]. Wood. Of little value, though it is sometimes used for fence posts and fuel[149, 229].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil, preferring a good fertile well-drained loamy soil[1, 11, 200]. Succeeds on dry gravels and on sandy soils[200]. Established plants are very drought resistant[200]. Trees prefer hotter summers and more sunlight than are normally experienced in Britain, they often do not fully ripen their wood when growing in this country and they are then very subject to die-back in winter[1, 11, 200]. Trees can be very long-lived, perhaps to 1000 years[200]. A good bee plant[149]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed is best given 2 - 3 months cold stratification and then sown February/March in a greenhouse[78, 200]. Germination rates are usually good, though the stored seed might take 12 months or more to germinate. The seed can be stored for up to 5 years[113]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. The leaves of seedlings often have a lot of white patches without chlorophyll, this is normal and older plants produce normal green leaves. Grow the seedlings on in a cold frame for their first winter, and plant them out in the following late spring or early summer[K]. Give them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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