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Native to Florida's costal tropical hammocks, Spiny Hackberry is listed as an endangered plant in the State of Florida.

Spiny Hackberry - Celtis pallida or Celtis ehrenbergiana

Other common names for this plant include Desert Hackberry, Granjeno, Shiny Hackberry

Spiny hackberry is a evergreen shrub (or small tree) with whitish gray zigzag shape branches that produces shiny orange pea sized fruit throughout the year, regardless of the season. Due to its spiny branches, this hackberry is best suited for hedges or to screen the background of the garden. The plentiful fruit provides food as well as acts as a water source for a wide variety of birds such as green jays, doves, and thrashers.

Importance as a caterpillar food source: A number of butterfly caterpillars rely on spiny hackberry as a food source such as Emperors, American Snout, and Red-bordered Metalmark.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source: This plant is somewhat attractive as a nectar source.

Spiny Hackberry Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Zone 7
Bloom Period
February through May
Bloom Color
White, inconspicuous
Plant Height
10 feet
Plant Spread
10 to 18 feet
Light Exposure
Sun to part shade
Soil Moisture
Dry, very drought tolerant
Animal/Pest Problems
Deer will browse


Celtis Pallida Native Range

Native Range for Spiny Hackberry (Celtis pallida)