Nashville Tree Service (NTS) has been serving Nashville and surrounding areas since 2018. NTS has found that the hackberry tree is very common and worth being able to understand and identify. Hackberry is a native tree of the U.S. and is also known nettletree. It has a mature height of 40 to 100 feet and a trunk diameter of up to 3-4 feet when they get mature. Hackberry trees have a very strong structure with very dense wood fibers. The issue that typically occurs is the limbs get too heavy because of the wood density and break leaving a cavity for water to enter the tree causing lots of structural issues. Once the water enters the trunk will hold it until it eventually rots away. This causes hackberry trees to be a cause for concern when they are close to structures or other things we care about.

Hackberry tree’s concerns don’t stop at structural issues as they also have sticky residue that drips from these trees making a mess of anything under it. Many believe this to be sap from the tree but in reality, the residue is created when woolly aphids feeding on the leaves suck out the tree’s juices and excrete a sticky and smelly substance commonly referred to as honeydew. Sooty mold grows on the honeydew, blackening absolutely everything under the tree including cars, homes, or anything in its path. Thankfully Hackberry trees can be treated for wooly aphids to defend against these above issues. Call NTS today for your free inspection.

Many consider this tree to be more like a weed than a tree because of its ability to grow so quickly similar to the way a weed would. It is recommended that if a homeowner has hackberry trees on their property, they should be inspected a minimum of once a year just like all other larger-sized trees.

If you believe that you have hackberry trees on your property NTS is able to set up a free inspection and provide an estimate for the removal or care that will rid you of your tree problems. Contact the NTS team today!