Netleaf Hackberry

Celtis reticulata

Celtis reticulata, commonly known as Netleaf Hackberry, is a deciduous tree native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Belonging to the Ulmaceae family, this species is renowned for its distinctive net-like veining on its leaves, interesting warty gray bark on older trees and its ability to thrive in a variety of environments.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Western US and into Northern Mexico
Family: Ulmaceae
Size: 15′ – 60′ tall with equal spread
Sun: Full
Watering: Infrequent but deep irrigation
Growth Rate:
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Very cold hardy but can suffer some foliar damage during extreme heat events
Pruning: To raise canopy as a shade tree
Disease and Pests:
Uses: This species is primarily pollinated by bees. Incredible habitat tree for birds, fruit for birds and other animals, nectar rich flower for many insects, larval host plant for several species of butterflies including the American Snout, Hackberry Emperor, Empress Leila, Tawny Emperor, Question Mark and Mourning Cloak.
Notes: Deciduous with some yellow and brown fall color


Bark develops an interesting texture over time.

Photo by Melody Peters

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