This Berry's no Hack
Hackberry trees have a bad reputation. I’m talking really, really bad. Listening to some people rag on them you’d think a hackberry tree swindled them out of their life savings or ran away with their dog. I’ve heard it described as a “trash” tree, and that one should always “hack it down.” Whoa! Let’s calm down folks. I’m inviting everyone to take another look. To know the hackberry is to love the hackberry. Part of the reason people don’t like the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is that it’s bark is kind of funky looking. It develops layers of spongy bark that...