The common hackberry is a medium-sized tree, 30 feet to 50 feet in height, with a slender trunk. The bark is light brown or silvery gray, broken on the surface into thick appressed scales and sometimes roughened with nodules; the pattern is very distinctive. The wood is light yellow; heavy, soft, coarse-grained, and not very strong. The flowers produced are greenish and appear in May soon after the leaves. The trees produce pea-sized berries in the fall that are edible to wildlife upon ripening in early September.