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Celtis lindheimeri - Engelm.

Common Name Palo Blanco, Lindheimer's hackberry
Family Ulmaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich bottom lands and on low adjacent hills of streams in Texas[82]. Ravines and brushlands at elevations of 100 - 200 metres[270].
Range Southern N. America - Texas to Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Celtis lindheimeri Palo Blanco, Lindheimer


Celtis lindheimeri Palo Blanco, Lindheimer

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Celtis lindheimeri is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in). It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

C. helleri. Sm.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - pounded into a mush and then eaten[177]. The fruit is about 7 - 9mm in diameter, it has a thin flesh surrounding a large seed[82, 270, K]. The seed is probably pounded along with the fruit[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - not strong, not durable. Of little value though it is used locally as a fuel[82, 229].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The plant is quite rare in the wild and is of conservation concern[270]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in any reasonably good soil, preferring a good fertile well-drained loamy soil[1, 11, 200]. Succeeds on dry gravels and on sandy soils[200]. Established plants are very drought resistant[200]. Trees prefer hotter summers and more sunlight than are normally experienced in Britain, they often do not fully ripen their wood when growing in this country and they are then very subject to die-back in winter[1, 11, 200]. Trees can be very long-lived, perhaps surviving for 1000 years[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed is best given 2 - 3 months cold stratification and then sown February/March in a greenhouse[78, 200]. Germination rates are usually good, though the stored seed might take 12 months or more to germinate. The seed can be stored for up to 5 years[113]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. The leaves of seedlings often have a lot of white patches without chlorophyll, this is normal and older plants produce normal green leaves. Grow the seedlings on in a cold frame for their first winter, and plant them out in the following late spring or early summer[K]. Give them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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