Hackberry from the Museo Nacional del Prado

Celtis australis (Paseo del Prado)

A tree that can reach up to twenty-five metres in height. It has a straight, sturdy trunk, with thick, ascending main branches and fairly widespread branchlets, sometimes almost hanging, with a smooth, greyish bark, lanceolate, rugose leaves, quite irregular at the base, sharp-toothed and dark green. Its small, yellow flowers turn into fleshy, fairly globulous fruits, the size of a pea. This specimen has reached a height of 25 metres, with a crown diameter of the same size and a trunk perimeter of just under 4 metres (to be exact 3.90 metres).

Hackberry from the Museo Nacional del Prado photograph

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