Most hackberry is cut into lumber, with small amounts going into dimension stock and some into veneer. Most of it is used for furniture and some for containers.
The sapwood of both species varies from pale yellow to greenish or grayish-yellow. The heartwood is commonly darker. The wood resembles elm in structure.
Hackberry and sugarberry supply the lumber known in the trade as hackberry. hackberry grows east of the Great Plains from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and Oklahoma northward, except along the Canadian boundary. Sugarberry overlaps the southern part of the range of the hackberry and grows throughout the Southern and South Atlantic states.
Hackberry lumber is moderately heavy (50lbs./cu.ft.), moderately strong in bending, moderately weak in compression parallel to the grain, moderately hard to hard, high in shock resistance, low in stiffness, moderately large to large shrinkage, but keeps its shape well during seasoning.
Ideal substitute of White Ash