Flower: Very small (1/8 inch), greenish white, produced on stalks near twig, appearing in April to May.
Fruit: Fleshy, globose, ¼ to 3/8 inch in diameter, orangish red turning purple when ripe, stalks short. Maturing in September and October.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, reddish brown, speckled with lighter lenticels, lateral buds are tightly appressed and triangular in shape, pith usually chambered at nodes.
Bark: Gray to light brown, smooth with corky "warty" patches, does not develop ridges, as does hackberry, although it is highly variable.
Form: Medium size tree to 80 feet tall, several feet in diameter, broad crown in open with drooping branches. .
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