If Trees Could Sing

Jim Lauderdale & the Sugarberry

Americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale talks about the sugarberry and the benefits that trees provide us.


Sugarberry Leaves

Sugarberry leaves are oval with three distinct veins meeting at the base.

Sugarberry Bark

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.

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale is a leading singer-songwriter in Americana music. He is the musical host of the weekly Music City Roots show from Nashville and cohosts the weekly "Buddy and Jim Show" on SiriusXM Radio. Voted Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2002 and a two-time Grammy winner, Lauderdale has written songs recorded by George Strait, Blake Shelton, George Jones, Solomon Burke, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill and many others. 

Sugarberry Facts

  • 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

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.

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