I purchased a hackberry this fall to replace an apple tree that I had taken down. Was looking for a native tree and this one seemed to be a good choice. It is only about 4 ½ ‘ tall, hoping I live long enough to see it grow bigger and bear fruit. I have Hackberry Emperor butterflies in my yard every year in spite of not having the hackberry tree. There must be some, or at least one, nearby. I live in a small rural housing development that is surrounded by farmland and woodland. My tree was purchased at Edge of the Woods which is a native plant nursery in the area.
E. Allen Twp.
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From: Laura Jackson
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:12 AM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Hackberry Trees: Bedford Co.
I've also enjoyed the thread about birds feeding on hackberry trees. A
long time ago, we found one fruit-bearing, but very scrawny hackberry tree
on our property in Bedford Co., so we decided to plant more hackberry
trees. They are now about 15 years old and at least 30 feet tall. They
look healthy, but have never bloomed or produced fruit.
In addition to supplying food for birds, hackberry trees are the only host
plant for the hackberry emperor butterfly. Has anyone seen this butterfly
in Pennsylvania? We never have and we are hoping to attract it, as well as
Does anyone on this list have experience growing hackberries? I'd love to
get some suggestions on how to "persuade" our hackberries to bloom.