Sugarberry leaves are oval with three distinct veins meeting at the base.
The sugarberry's bark is smooth with warty patches.
The red berries of the sugarberry are a favorite food of birds and turn a purplish color in the fall.
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- Scientific name: Celtis laevigata
- Range: across the Southeastern U.S. and into the Southwest
- Height: up to 100 feet tall. Grows quickly.
- Fruit: produces hard, sweet red berries that many species of birds eat
- Fall colors: leaves turn yellow
- Closely related to the common hackberry, though its bark is not as rough and corky, and its leaves are narrower with smooth edges.
You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Sugarberry
- Plant in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant, unless the ground is frozen. Here are tree planting instructions.
- Allow plenty of room for the tree to mature and grow.
- Water it regularly in its first three years.
- Spread mulch around the base of the tree. Here are tree care instructions.
Mighty Cool Tree Fact
Did you know... a single large tree can pump over a ton of water vapor into the sky in a day? 200 large trees can create a raincloud.