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Celtis Australis | European hackberry - Girth 16cm - 470-480cm - 130lt

Celtis Australis | European hackberry - Girth 16cm - 470-480cm - 130lt

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Celtis australis, commonly known as the European nettle tree, is a deciduous tree native to southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. It belongs to the family Cannabaceae, and it is closely related to the hackberry tree.

The Celtis australis tree can grow up to 25 meters tall and has a dense, rounded crown with a spreading habit. The bark is smooth and gray-brown when young, becoming rough and fissured with age. The leaves are alternate, simple, and oval-shaped with serrated edges. They are dark green on the upper side and paler on the underside, turning yellow in autumn before falling.

The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by small, round, edible fruit that resembles a cherry in size and shape. The fruit is initially green, turning yellow or brown when ripe, and is sweet and juicy, with a taste similar to a fig.

The Celtis australis tree is adaptable to a wide range of soils and can tolerate drought, air pollution, and salt spray. It is often used as an ornamental tree in gardens, parks, and urban landscapes due to its attractive foliage and distinctive bark. It also provides food and shelter for wildlife, including birds and small mammals. Additionally, the tree has cultural significance and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for various ailments.

  • Common Name

    European hackberry

  • Family


  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Europe, North Africa

  • Flower

    small, inconspicuous flowers

  • Foliage

    alternate, simple, and oval-shaped with serrated edges

  • Maturation period

    10-20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

12 metres +

Mature Width

Wide 8 metres +

Shape / habit

Preferred Location


East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Soil Type

Loam, Chalk, Sand, Well–drained

Soil moisture


Growing Period




Spring, Summer, Autumn



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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