Hackberries have medium sized, bright green, pointed, matte leaves with deep veining on the back. The bark is ridged and greyish brown.
Hackberries are small fruit with a crunchy hard seed; they are a bit dry, but quite sweet. They are eaten dried or preserved.
Hackberries have existed in their current form since the Miocene Era. The fossil record shows that hackberries existed since the time that all the continents were clustered together!