Friday, September 10, 2010

Sugarberry tree

This sugarberry tree (Celtis laevigata) is planted on the Purdue campus along Russell St. near Harrison St. A very close relative to the sugarberry tree is the hackberry tree (Celtis occidentalis) which is very common in the wild in the Lafayette area.

Link to Celtis laevigata:

Fruits of the sugarberry tree are indistinguishable from the fruits of the hackberry trees. Most of the fruit is a hard inedible seed, but the thin layer of pulp around the seed has a taste and a texture remarkably like a date. Sugarberry leaves are smaller and smoother than hackberry leaves.

This is an odd sugarberry tree indeed, here are a few odd branches that have the look of the larger-leaved hackberry tree.

The warty-textured bark of the sugarberry tree is also exactly the same as that of the hackberry tree. Pictures taken September 7, 2010.

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