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Prickly trees in Texas

Posted by minnix 8a (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 22:57

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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RE: Prickly trees in Texas

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RE: Prickly trees in Texas

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?


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RE: Prickly trees in Texas

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


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RE: Prickly trees in Texas

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


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RE: Prickly trees in Texas

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


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