The tree everyone loves to hate. I once showed my son what the the seedlings looked like and asked him to pull them up whenever he saw one growing. He was so surprised. Can a tree be a weed?
I have wondered if my neighbourhood which goes by the name Cherrywood should really be called Hackberry or maybe Sugarberry. Hackberries grow everywhere here while cherries … well … not so much.
They can be rather ugly. If the leaves aren’t infested with galls in the spring then the twigs most likely will be in the fall. Even the trunk can be warty looking.
But there is a reason why they are prolific. Try tasting the skin of the berry sometime. Hackberries are sweet — the flavour is reminiscent of strawberry. (Don’t break your teeth on the pit inside. You’ll need something much stronger than teeth to break those.)
Hackberry is a good tree to have around in case of a zombie apocalypse so maybe I will spare the biggest one in our backyard. I found a couple cool recipes here.