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 (
). Northern hackberry leaves
are broader and more toothed than the leaves of southern hackberry
, 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.