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 For controlling hackberry and other undesirable seedlings, use Cut Vine and Stump Killer to eliminate the unwanted suckers. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "It still feels like winter in San Antonio, but purple martins are back," 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, "Calvin Finch: Christmas gift ideas for the gardener on your list," 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, "If pests have the ‘gall’ to cause these warty bulges on your trees or bushes, there’s not much you can do," 15 Aug. 2020 More Information Now is a good time to prune hackberry, mulberry and other unwanted seedlings out of your landscape. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: The insect pests invading San Antonio gardens and how to stop them," 2 Apr. 2020 When my parents moved in 30 years ago, their neighbors had an enormous hackberry tree that dropped seeds into our yard. Jessie Kissinger, Popular Mechanics, "How To Plant a Garden That Takes Care of Itself," 1 Mar. 2020 This week in the garden Now is one of the best times to remove hackberry, Chinaberry, mulberry and other unwanted sprouts in the landscape. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: It’s weed season, San Antonio gardeners. Here’s what to do," 20 Feb. 2020 Leaf drop: There are several environmentally appropriate strategies to deal with the leaves from your oaks, sycamores, pecans, hackberries and other deciduous trees. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 Vigorous, even invasive native Texas trees known as hackberries. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Dying pittosporum may have gotten too dry," 17 Oct. 2019

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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 14 May. 2021.

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