Hackberry trees are widely used in the urban environment of Minnesota. They have a tolerance for most urban conditions and thrive where others will not survive. If properly maintained and pruned from an early age, these trees make fine specimens. The drupe is edible but has such a little amount of flesh that it is impractical to collect and use. Tastes similar to a fig. Most hackberry leaves will have small protrusions caused by the nipple-gall maker. These are common and do not hurt the tree.