Guess this tree

Zournathan

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I'm trying to figure out what type of trees I have in my backyard. They have leaves that would probably be OK on a large bonsai if they will reduce a little, and the bark on the trunk is really strange (probably the most distinguishing feature). I don't know if the bark would develop this texture if kept as a bonsai, but it might be worth a shot :)
 

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Brian Van Fleet

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Hackberry, celtis occidentalis...they can make great bonsai if you have an interesting trunk to start with. They get twiggy quickly in a pot, grow strongly, and leaves reduce well. You may notice that they are susceptible to mildews, and the leaves start to look pretty rough in the mid-summer. Fall color isn't great, a yellow color (if they last until fall). They show best in the winter and spring.
 

Zournathan

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I've never heard of a Hackberry tree in my entire life...but I did a google search and you're definitely right. Thanks for the quick ID. :)
 

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I've never heard of a Hackberry tree in my entire life...but I did a google search and you're definitely right. Thanks for the quick ID. :)
Another name for them is "Pissin Elm" as they weep on you....
 

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Hackberry, or in your neck of the woods "Sugarberry" Celtis laevigata. Extremely hardy, tough as nails to root and top prune. It's a Southern species Hardy to Zone 7b or higher. Unreliable in colder zones, though...Makes EXCELLENT bonsai...
 
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