Celtis sinensis Pers.

Chinese Nettle Tree

Tree to 10-15 m tall, bark grey and smooth. Leaves ovate to oblong, shortly pointed, 5-9 cm long; marginal teeth blunt and mostly towards the leaf tip, dark green, shiny and slightly rough above, paler below, leathery. Leaf stalk softly hairy. Fruit in 1s, 2s or 3s, spherical, 5-7 mm long and with a ring of white hairs at the base, dark orange; stalks 7-10 mm long.

China, Korea, Japan

A common tree in the inner suburbs of Sydney where the saplings grow freely on vacant blocks and neglected gardens. In Queensland it invades remnant riparian rainforest in coastal districts.

Leaves leathery with shallow, blunt teeth, fruit stalk about the same length as the leaf stalk. Fruit dark orange when mature.

NSW: Sydney (Macquarie St near Albert St; University of Sydney, courtyard of the Union). VIC: Geelong (Eastern Park); Prahran (Victoria Gardens, High Street, next to entrance).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ulmaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Cannabaceae
genus        Celtis L.