European hackberry (Celtis australis)

Also known as: nettle tree



In Australia, European hackberry invades woodland, urban areas, river margins and pine plantations.


It is grown as shade or street tree but has been spread by birds and now invades woodlands, urban rivers and forests.   


Blood, Kate (2001), Environmental weeds: a field guide for SE Australia.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for European hackberry (Celtis australis).

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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Area Class Legal requirements
Western Plains Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread only in the area formerly known as Dubbo City Council

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2016