American Elms Follow Up

This is a follow up to a recent post about the American Elms being in full spring flowering mode. There are many elms along the boardwalk but there are quite a few Hackberry trees as well. The hackberries are not in flower yet and maybe not for another two or three weeks. So, how can you tell these species apart? It’s actually pretty easy if you know what to look for. It all comes down to the bark. Hackberries have trunks with smooth bark but with warty ridges on the surface. Elms have trunks with flattened ridges and deep fissures. Can you match each tree with its correct bark in the images? I hope that you have a chance soon to go out on the boardwalk and look for elms and hackberry trees! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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