Hackberry Tree - Celtis laevigata - Native Butterfly Host Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Hackberry Tree, Sugarberry

Celtis laevigata

Zones: 5-9

Height: 40’

Plant Spacing: 30’ from other trees if growth is left unchecked, 8' if trimmed short as a shrub. Hackberry trees may also be kept in containers to regulate growth.

Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant once established

Soil Requirements: Grows well in a variety of soil types

Host Plant For: Hackberry Emperor, Tawny Emperor, Question Mark, Comma, American Snout, and Mourning Cloak Butterflies

A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm