Harvest time in the Hackberry! Netleaf Hackberries are a striking presence in the rock outcroppings of our lower foothills, and they produce a crop of small, sweet berries each year. The trees hang onto much of that fruit through winter, then leaf out in the late spring. Although the berries are partially dried, the birds are now having a feast. Yesterday as I walked over to the nursery, I saw robins, waxwings and others swarming this tree. So why plant natives? Hackberries are a great example of how native species can support local wildlife.
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