By Amy Redfield
Last spring I planted a new shade tree – a hackberry, Celtis occidentalis. Thanks to some pretty intensive babying – slow soaker watering every other day for that entire dry and hot summer – I’ve been rewarded with hackberries!
Hackberry trees are among the best food and shelter plants for wildlife, and support five species of butterflies. And those berries? In the fall the birds go bananas for them!