Celtis pallida
Common name: 
Desert Hackberry
Spiny Hackberry
Granjeno
Pronunciation: 
SEL-tis (KEL-tis) PAL-ih-duh
Family: 
Ulmaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Semi-evergreen shrub/tree, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m) tall, 8-10 ft (2.5-3 m) wide, irregular shape, gray-green stems, stout spines, 2.5 cm long.  Leaves alternate, simple, small, less than 2.5 cm, oval, bright green, sparse, dentate margins.  Flowers small, greenish yellow.  Fruit 6 mm, round, bright orange color.
  • Sun and partial shade.  For desert regions, useful as a screen, barrier, or erosion control.  Flowers visited by bees and the fruit attracts birds.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to southern and western Texas, southern New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico (Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Jalisco, and Michoacán).
  • pallida: pale.
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