Scientific: Celtis pallida (synonym(s): Celtis spinosa var. pallida, Celtis tala var. pallida, or Momisia pallida)
Common: desert hackberry, spiny hackberry, granjeno
Family: Cannabaceae
Origin: Sonoran Desert and grassland regions of south central and southeastern Arizona extending east into Texas and south into Mexico. Found primarily on gravelly and well-drained sandy soils.

Pronounciation: CELL-tis PAL-i-da

Hardiness zones
USDA 7-9

Landscape Use: Background, filler, desert restoration, native shrub plantings.

Form & Character: Semi-evergreen to evergreen, upright to spreading, stiff, informal.

Growth Habit: Moderate to slow growth to 5 to 20 feet in height with similar spread, densely branched like elm.

Foliage/Texture: Small ovate leaves, highly scabrous, young stems zig-zag and have stout thorns; medium fine texture.

Flowers & Fruits:  Flowers and fruit are insignificant; fruits are a small, rounded drupe, yellow to orange when mature, edible and may be eaten raw.

Seasonal Color: None

Temperature: Tolerant, hardy to 10o to 20oF.

Light: Full sun to partial shade.

Soil: Tolerant, grows well in gravelly well-drained soils.

Watering: Little supplemental water required after establishment. Supplemental water will increase grow rate and subsequent plant size.

Pruning: If properly located in the landscape, pruning requirements should be minimal to none unless over irrigated.

Propagation: Cuttings, seed germinate rapidly if sown fresh.

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: This is a relatively non-ornamental medium-sized desert native shrub that is generally found only in desert landscapes, desert restoration projects, or native plantings.