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HackberryThis tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping. Produces small, dark red drupes about 1/3" in diameter that turn dark purple as they mature in mid-autumn. These berry-like fruit persist into the winter.  This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year and tolerates strong winds, pollution, heat, drought and salt.