Prickly trees in Texas

minnixFebruary 12, 2014

These are in Midlothian TX, just south of Ft Worth. The cows chomp on the younger ones and keep them small so I thought they would make interesting bonsai. What are they? Hackberry? Smooth gray bark with lots of prickly branches. Thanks.

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minnix

Here is a closer look

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 11:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I can't help you with the id but are you sure all those plants are the same? In the last picture there is the chewed down shrub/tree which appears to have no thorns that I can see. Just to its right is a non-chewed tree with huge thorns. If they are the same species why would the cattle chew one and not the other?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 6:38AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Probably a combination of Celtis and Zanthoxylum the most common fence line trees in the Eastern half of Texas.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 10:43AM
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blakrab

Well, if by "prickly" you mean thorny, then I doubt they're hackberry since they are thornless...and also trees, not shrubs..

Here is a link that might be useful: Hackberry

This post was edited by blakrab on Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 21:59

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 9:57PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Not all Hackberries are thornless or tree sized.

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert Hackberry (Celtis pallida)

This post was edited by saltcedar on Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 23:35

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 11:26PM
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