“I suddenly realized it is one of the best food and shelter plants for wildlife. I had not really noticed that its berries remain on its branches throughout the winter months. Quail, pheasants, woodpeckers, and cedar waxwings feed on its fruit. Also, it is pollinated by bees, and in turn the bees produce honey for those of us who love it. Honey is now being used medicinally in New Zealand, and many of us are concerned about the decreasing numbers of honeybees. Yet another of its valuable qualities is that it is larval and nectar source for so many butterflies, the tawny emperor and the mourning cloak, among many others.”
See The Hackberry TreeWell, I’ve decided. I’m going to plant some of the hackberries and leave some in pots just in case we get a very severe winter. This will give me greater assurance of survival and retain flexibility for planting next year. After digging the last few holes for TLW’s trees, I popped in some hackberries. They look happier already… 😉
I bought these seeds from TreeSeeds.com and had good germination rates. These seedlings are not yet a year old and are a foot tall. Take a look at this root-ball… Not bad for 7 months of growth… Despite the small price of a seed, this tree is a big investment in real estate, and time, 10-15 years to bear fruit. I will be fortunate to see that happen.
While I was digging I noticed this Manitoba maple looked so pretty…