Dwarf Hawkberry - Celtis tenuifolia
Unlike the tall Northern Hawkberry, this Celtis is a shrub or small tree of diverse habitats that include streamsides and limestone soils alike. It has pointed leaves that are toothed above the middle. The trunk is short and branching and the bark becomes roughened with age. This is a Midwestern species, growing as far south as eastern Texas and in the Southeastern mountains. The flowers are unisexual; petals are absent. There are two feathery styles, shown in the photos. The fruit is cherry-like, and the seed is a hard stone. Small mammals and birds consume the fruits.