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An individual instance of Celtis occidentalis (common hackberry)
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This tree is located in the northwest corner of the greenspace between the Peabody Library and 21st Ave. S.

It is not always possible to assign hackberries to a particular species because they hybridize and can have intermediate characteristics.  However, this tree has characteristics typical of Northern hackberry ( Celtis occidentalis ).  Northern hackberry leaves are broader and more toothed than the leaves of southern hackberry ( Celtis laevigata , seen earlier on the tour).  The fruit of northern hackberry is dark red or blackish when mature, in contrast to the more orange-red fruit of southern hackberry.  This particular tree produces fruit abundantly.  Northern hackberry also has the smooth, gray bark with lumps similar to that of southern hackberry.

It is more typical around Nashville to find hackberries displaying the C. laevigata characteristics because we are near the southern edge of the C. occidentalis range.  But as this tree illustrates, C. occidentalis types can be found in this area.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-470.

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Celtis occidentalis


sec. 1993

common name: common hackberry
family: Ulmaceae
Identified 2014-09-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


along 21st Ave.S., Peabody campus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14269°, -86.79991°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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