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One of my foremen on my tree crew loves to eat hackberry leaves. Are there other tree leaves that are edible? John, Austin, TX

Mort's Answer:
You are best advised to check against poison tree lists before chancing a diet of trees. Leaves that are used for teas , such as Linden and Mulberry and Camellia , should be checked for insecticide spraying and boiled before indulging. Fresh hackberry leaves can be grown from seed or cuttings in his backyard for an endless supply. Celtis aevigata or sugarberry grows to 70 feet, while the common hackberry, C. occidentals will grow to 100 feet. I know someone that loved sassafras leaves. He lived to be 90.

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