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

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Now also is a good time to control hardwood seedlings such as hackberry, mulberry and Chinaberry and vining weeds such as Smilax and catsclaw. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s early, but you may want to pull your tomatoes now," 22 June 2018 The mother trees are somewhere else, and the seeds have been brought in by birds (mulberries, hackberries) or the wind (cottonwoods, willows and box elders). Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018 The mixed oak/hackberry woodlands found on the property’s chenier ridges are crucial resting/feeding stations for swarms of songbirds that pass through the area on spring and autumn migrations. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Major additions in the works for Texas’ public lands," 22 Apr. 2018 Five types that come up commonly in the beds at our house are cottonwoods, willows, hackberries, mulberries and box elders. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018 Species available for planting include ironwood, hackberry, American linden, red and swamp oak and the Kentucky coffee tree. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Blue Island is better looking, more engaged after tree-planting campaign," 23 May 2018 Visitors can spot songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead, festival organizers say. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOLA Tricentennial Dog Parade cancelled for rain threat: report," 21 Apr. 2018 Some low-maintenance trees that come to mind are gingko, hackberry, Kentucky coffee tree and serviceberry. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Towering treasures: Arbor Day beckons us all to dig a hole, plant a tree," 6 Apr. 2018 So, too, were the tiny hackberries, persimmons, wolfberries and just about every other form of hard and soft mast on which the feral hogs had feasted during autumn. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018

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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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