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Old 10-30-2013, 02:11 PM
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RayPage - on grafting Hackberry

Hi all! Just wanted to keep up as I don't get on here often.
I was identifying some of the trees on my property here in North Central Texas and found some things I want to share.
Just about everyone has heard of or have hackberry trees.
Considered a "junk" tree it is used mostly for shade as it grows well here in the black calcareous soil we have, so after a class in grafting I started digging and found you CAN graft to one of the three varieties for sure.
Rule of thumb- Single stone (seed) fruit tree, single stone fruit graft. I'm thinking Cherries!
The Sugar Berry, Sugar Hackberry, Palo Blanco or Celtis Laevigata var. Laevigata is indentied by it's simple leaves attached to a stem 9 to 18 inches long. The leaf is lance shaped, usually smooth edged but may have some teeth near the lopsided base. Usually 1-2 inches wide and 2-5 inches long the leaves have three prominent veins from the base.
I learned in grafting to use what's there and established to benefit from already grown root systems. This could be a new day for this old tree!

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Old 10-30-2013, 03:21 PM
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What a great idea Ray, grafting on a Cherry tree sounds like a yummy start! I've been interested in grafting too, but never tried it. Please keep us posted on your efforts, I'd love to know how it goes for you.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:11 AM
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You bet!
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