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Celtis Australis is also known as the Lote Tree or European Hackberry or European Nettle Tree. It has elegant long leaves rough on top with a furry underside. The leaves are a grey green colour and fade to yellow in the autumn. This deciduous tree has a smooth grey bark which develops with age to a corky appearance. The tree has flowers small and green and fruit, dark berries in clusters which attract birds and other wildlife. The Lote Tree prefers warm, well-draining soils and can grow in poor conditions. Fairly drought-tolerant it prefers a dry area. Available in sizes from 5m at Paramount Plants and Gardens.
Native to the Mediterranean, this ancient cultivar is considered to be quite robust. Celtis Australis can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero, and it is fully hardy in Britain and Ireland.
Vigorous and easy to maintain, European Nettle Tree needs room to fully develop. Fully established cultivars of Celtis Australis can be over 20 metres high, with a large, spreading crown that can be up to 15 metres wide. However, have in mind that this extremely long-lived cultivar needs time to achieve its ultimate size.
The round to umbel-shaped crown of this tree, enveloped by elegant foliage, make this cultivar a great candidate for specimen tree, shade tree or an ornamental tree. The green leaves turn to warm yellow tones in the autumn, offering a vibrant display of colour just before they drop. Apart from being highly decorative, European Nettle Tree is a great tree for creating shade in your garden. Plant it near a patio or sitting area in your garden, where its dense foliage will make the strong summer sun more bearable.
Why buy this tree? Buy this mature tree if you need a very large tree in a difficult dry area in the garden. Celtis Australis is a very attractive foliage tree with a wide spreading crown and attractive yellow foliage in autumn before leaf loss. Make sure to take a look at other mature tree specimens we have for sale, ideal for instant transformation of your garden.