chinese hackberry is a common native tree. it provides good shade. even though it is not as charismatic as tree cotton or chinese banyan, its leaves, flowers and fruit are actually full of characters.
the flowering period is very brief and the flowers are small and bland in colour. fruit will grow one to two weeks after the flowers.fruit first emerges green, then turns black or dark orange when ripe. though small, the fruit is sweet and popular with birds. no wonder the few chinese hackberries outside my window always have birds gather around during fall and winter when the fruit is still bearing.
its leaves are a little crooked at the base, which is the characteristic of ulmaceae. the upper part of the ovate leaves is jagged and the leaves are pointed in the tips.
the flowers are most intriguing. chinese hackberry is a polygamous plant. unisexual flowers and bisexual flowers coexist. according to the local site, hktree.com, male flowers are at the base of the twigs, bisexual flowers are under the new axil.
朴樹chinese hackberry (celtis sinensis):
order: 薔薇目rosales | family: 榆科ulmaceae (some say大麻科cannabaceae) | genus: 朴屬celtis | species: c. sinensis