Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinensis)

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Chinese Hackberry is a very rare escape from cultivation in North Carolina, though it is known to be an exotic invasive at least on the eastern coast of Australia. Native of China, Korea and Japan.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

Like other hackberries, the leaves have three prominent veins. The bases are a little less uneven than native species. The leaves are glossy above and thicker than the native species.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

Leaf upperside.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

Leaf underside.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

Branches and petioles are pubescent.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

Bark is smoothish and gray-brown, lacking the warty projections of native Celtis species.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

More information:
City of Sydney
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Weeds Australia

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