More shrub than tree, this spiny, densely branched plant of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts occurs along washes and gravelly slopes. It is slow-growing and long-lived, gradually reaching 8 feet tall by 10 feet wide. The dull green leaves are small, and coarsely toothed. Desert Hackberry is semi-evergreen, depending on temperature and the availability of moisture. The inconspicuous flowers occur in spring followed by small orange drupes that provide food for birds and mammals. It is useful in erosion control and revegetation projects. Hardy to 10° F.