By William T. Hathaway

Hackberry (Celtis laevigata) or Sugarberry

Several outdoor hikers have asked about that large tree with the light-colored bark, covered with odd projections. When I first saw this tree, I couldn't wait until I looked it up in my tree identification book. The warty bark (projections) is characteristic of this species; this tree is usually found along river edges in low ground or alluvial soils.

There are several well exposed samples of these trees aside the far end of Danville's River Walk Trail.

Mature Hackberry trees are favorites with those who study trees; the conspicuous bark is unique, since no other local trees have such simple identification features.

See also further details regarding the Hackberry.