Desert hackberry, Spiny hackberry, Granjeno, Shiny hackberry, Huasteco
USDA Symbol: ceeh
USDA Native Status:
One of the few shrubs in the Celtis genus, this deciduous plant rarely reaches 10 ft. in height. Its numerous spiny branches are whitish gray. The bark is smooth and gray. Leaves are small, roundish, and somewhat rough. Clusters of small, fairly inconspicuous, white flowers are followed by shiny red, orange and yellow fruit ripening in fall but persisting long after leaf-fall.
The species name pallida can be attributed to the paleness of the branches.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous , Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: 6-12
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , FL , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to AZ & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Mesas; foothills; thickets
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Drier, rocky soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam Medium Loam Clay Loam, Clay.
Conditions Comments: Good erosion control.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive
Use Wildlife: Valuable bird and honey plant. The dense growth makes excellent cover for Gambels quail and other birds. Nectar-insects, bees, butterflies, moths. Fruit-mammals, birds. Celtis ehrenbergiana is the host plant source for the occasional population explosions of American Snout Butterflies. During summer releafing at the end of extended droughts, adult American Snout populations can number in the billions in South Texas.
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: American Snout butterfly
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Celtis ehrenbergiana is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
American Snout Butterfly |
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0864 Collected May 4, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1059 Collected 2007-05-23 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Celtis ehrenbergiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Celtis ehrenbergiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Celtis ehrenbergiana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-07-31
Research By: TWC Staff