Celtis australis (European nettle tree) - Plant
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. Related to the elms this small to medium tree has broad lanceolate rough leaves. It has a broad crown and smooth trunk. It is widely planted for roadside shade in southern Europe and the bark has been used to produce a yellow dye. Good for avenue and park plantings where it will withstand much pollution and is also very good close to coasts.