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Celtis sinensis (English: Chinese Hackberry; Chinese: 朴树) is a species of flowering plant in the hemp family, Cannabaceae, that is native to slopes in East Asia.[2]

Description

It is a tree that grows to 20 m tall, with deciduous leaves and gray bark . The fruit is a globose drupe, 5–7(–8) mm in diameter. Flowering occurs in March–April, and fruiting in September–October.[2]

Taxonomy

Synonyms include: Celtis bodinieri H. Léveillé; C. bungeana var. pubipedicella G. H. Wang; C. cercidifolia C. K. Schneider; C. hunanensis Handel-Mazzetti; C. japonica Planch.;[1] C. labilis C. K. Schneider; C. nervosa Hemsley; C. tetrandra Roxburgh subsp. sinensis (Persoon) Y. C. Tang.

Distribution, habitat and uses

Native to slopes at altitudes of 100–1500 m in Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Henan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Sichuan provinces of China, as well as Japan, Taiwan, and Korea(팽나무)[2]. It is a naturalized non-invasive species in North America. It is a declared noxious weed in many parts of eastern Australia.

As an ornamental plant it is used in classical East Asian garden design.

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