Spiny Hackberry, Desert Hackberry, Granjeno, Tala
Chihuahuan Desert, South Texas and Tamaulipas, to Argentina
- Central Texas
- Full Shade
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
- Deer Resistant
About This Plant
Lanky and nearly evergreen, with leaves serrated along the tip, inconspicuous greenish white flowers, and tiny sweet fruit with high protein content. Sharp thorns allow it to easily entangle passersby. Spiny hackberry grows in thickets in parks, alleys and brushy edges, providing nesting opportunities for birds and forage for wildlife; it’s also the host for American Snout butterflies in late summer. Native “thorn trees” like this can be tricky to source from growers, so preserve it one on-site if you’re looking for an interesting drought-hardy statement.
Can be grown as a tree, with proper training or a little brush-sculpting. Thorns require careful placement.
6-12' H, 6-8' W
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae