Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: neutral, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May, June
Bloom Color: white, red, green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, edible, fall interest, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Morus rubraAlso known as:
Morus rubra is a medium-sized deciduous tree, commonly growing to 45', more rarely to 60'. The shape of the leaves will vary greatly, depending on the age of the tree and can appear to belong to different species altogether: they are deeply lobed on younger specimens, unlobed and sapde-like on older ones. The yellowish flowers are unremarkable, but they give way to showy, edible blackberry-like fruit. These trees are good fall performers, when their foliage will turn bright yellow.
Red mulberry is easy to grow in average conditions. It is not particular to any type of soil, and is tolerant of shade, as well as full sun. It is often found growing in moist floodplains. Blooms in March to June. Zones 5-10
Easily propagated from seed without pretreatment.
Ripe fruit can be eaten raw, prepared cooked, made into jams and preserves, baked, or dried. The unripe fruit, as well as the milky sap from the leaf stalks, are mildly toxic.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: CT, MA
- Threatened: MI, VT
|Species||Morus rubra||red mulberry|