Celtis laevigata is a large tree native across the southeast. It naturally occurs in forests of this region, typically near streams. The characteristic warty bark is an easy way to identify Celtis species. This tree prefers moist soils with good drainage, but it tolerates both drought and flooding once established. It likes to grow in full sun or part shade. Celtis laevigata is a host for several native butterfly species, and its reddish purple fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals. It works well as a tree for restoration projects.