American hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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Different hackberry species are found throughout the world. This one is an American variety, native to the eastern U.S. and Canada. It was purchased May, 2013 from Kuma Bonsai, San Diego. The fruits of this tree are edible and nutritious. They were an important food item for native Americans.

January 5, 2019:
The tree today.

May 25, 2013:
The tree shortly after purchase.

January 10, 2014:
I believe the base of the tree had root-grafts when I bought it. Unfortunately, I did not pay enough attention to maintaining these and they all eventually died back.

January 10, 2014:
Good start on nebari during first repotting.

February 22, 2014:
Originally this was the front side.

February 22, 2014:
Originally this was the back side because of the exposed trunk chops, but as they healed I decided the nebari had developed better on this side.

April 3, 2014:
Another option for a…

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