hack·​ber·​ry | \ ˈhak-ˌber-ē How to pronounce hackberry (audio) \

Definition of hackberry

: any of a genus (Celtis) of trees and shrubs of the elm family with small often edible berries also : its wood

Examples of hackberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prune down hackberry, Chinaberry, mulberry and other unwanted seedlings. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 Among the different varieties going into the aforementioned area are sugar maple, Ohio buckeye, autumn fire hornbeam, musclewood or American hornbeam, northern catalpa, common hackberry, redbud and American hazelnut. John Benson, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 These white fluffy bugs are called Asian woolly hackberry aphids and typically appear in the Upper South region of the United States and in much of Asia. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2021 Down in the cool woods of the reserve, Oien opened a box chained to the base of a hackberry tree, and switched on the caller. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 This product finishes the job on controlling unwanted seedlings, such as hackberry and mulberry, that have sprouted on your fence line or in the rose bed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 7 May 2021 For controlling hackberry and other undesirable seedlings, use Cut Vine and Stump Killer to eliminate the unwanted suckers. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2021 Take the opportunity to prune off the stems of hackberry, mulberry and other unwanted seedlings in your shrub beds and fence lines. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 3 Dec. 2020 Some of these organisms are specialized to trigger a particular form of gall on one kind of plant: Maples get maple bladder gall, roses get mossy rose gall, and a hackberry tree typically has galls on most of its leaves. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 15 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hackberry

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hackberry

alteration of hagberry a cherry resembling the chokecherry

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“Hackberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hackberry. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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