Delta Hackberry

Celtis occidentalis 'Delta'

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Delta Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis 'Delta') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Delta Hackberry

Delta Hackberry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Delta Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis 'Delta') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Delta Hackberry bark

Delta Hackberry bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b


A very hardy strain of this tough and rugged shade tree selected from a stand in central Manitoba; interesting warty bark, looks quite beautiful with age; an incredibly adaptable tree for the most difficult of sites

Ornamental Features

Delta Hackberry has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn buttery yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The warty gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Delta Hackberry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Delta Hackberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Delta Hackberry will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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Shelmerdine Garden Centre Ltd.

7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372