Celtis occidentalis

Hackberry

 

23 Ridgewood Road, Lancaster PA (along the rear of the property)

 

Scott Wade

 

With a trunk circumference of 185 inches in 2008, a height of 83 feet, and a spread of 84 feet, this tree is the 4th largest Hackberry in the state (pabig trees.com) and the second largest in Lancaster County. 

Indeed, this tree may be virtually tied with the County's largest Hackberry (in Millersville; see separate entry).  The Millersville tree's measurements are current (2018), while this tree was last measured a decade earlier.  Its inter-

vening growth may have brought it into a tie.  And the Millersville tree can be considered the Co-Champion Hackberry in the entire state (see the other entry, which also discusses this species' relationship with nipple galls and the Hackberry Butterfly).

This amazing species provides pea-sized fruit that is high in calories from fat and protein, and is so easily di- gestible that it requires no cooking or preparation (as was well known to Native Americans).

 

[First photo is from pabigtrees.com]