Hackberry trees are the standard for tree practicality, and they’re wildly underused.
They’re strong, low maintenance, and hardy to a wide array of climates and seasonal stressors.
We typically favor the smaller and more drought-happy Chinese Hackberry in California, but most Hackberry trees are tolerant to dry conditions, so they’re low-stress and in most cases don’t need any fuss beyond your usual watering schedule.
These trees can get large! Wonderful for reliable and easy shade, but should be pruned to maintain structural integrity and visual appeal.