A member of the elm family, hackberry is a wood that is moderately hard and heavy and that stains well.

Closely related to the sugarberry and typically found across the eastern regions of the U.S., there is little difference between the heartwood and sapwood of the hackberry. It is a lighter-colored wood and it usually appears in yellow tones from grey to light brown. Its irregular grain is often straight and sometimes interlocked, featuring a fine, uniform texture.

Fire Resistance

NFPA Class*

* NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association

Density and Buoyancy

Thermal Hackberry Janka* rating – 880 lbf

Average weight is 37 lbs./cu. ft.

Specific gravity is 0.49

* The Janka rating is a measure of the amount of force required to push a .444″ diameter steel ball half way into a piece of wood.


Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it dents and scratches very easily due to its softness. Glues and finishes well, though as is the case with most softwoods with closed pores, even staining can be a challenge.


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