Shade cast by the 56-year old Chinese hackberry tree that arches over 327 E. 9th Street makes it a real car magnet during summer. According Pete Fuqua, who nominated this tree, its massive umbrella-shaped crown is impossible to miss when walking or driving down the street. The tree is wider (65-ft) than tall (50-ft), with a 7.4-ft girth. This hackberry is native to east Asia and is a member of the hemp family.
Its leaves and bark have medicinal uses, but its summer shade is a welcome relief for local residents.
As long as we remain attentive to its health, this Chinese hackberry tree should provide future generations with an abundance of delight.