This tree is east of Calhoun Hall on the Bishops Common.
This tree has characteristics typical of southern hackberry, the most common Celtis
species in the Nashville area. It has relatively narrow leaves
with few or no teeth (vs. the rounder, more toothed leaves of northern hackberry
) and fruits
that are more orange-red (vs. the dark red to black fruits of northern hackberry). Southern hackberry is also known as sugarberry.
Hackberry trees tend to have relatively wide trunks relative to their height. Some of the trees with the largest girth in the arboretum are hackberries. Unfortunately, they also tend to have relatively weak wood in comparison to the oaks (the other general category represented by large trees in the arboretum). So hackberries must be tended carefully to make sure that they are sound and don't accumulate dead wood that might pose a hazard to their surroundings.