Hackberries are native Nebraska trees closely related to elms with similar vase-shape, though less graceful. Like elms, they may need pruning early to develop a central leader. They are moderate to fast growers, thriving in a wide range of soil conditions, tolerant of wind and urban sites. Insignificant female flowers give way to an often abundant fruit crop of round fleshy berry-like drupes maturing to deep purple. Fruits are attractive to a variety of wildlife indluding birds.Prairie Sentinel is a columnar selection with ascending branches.

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