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Morus rubra (red mulberry)
  • Morus rubra (red mulberry)
  • Morus rubra (red mulberry)
  • Morus rubra (red mulberry)
  • Morus rubra (red mulberry)

Morus rubra

Also known as:

red mulberry

,

moral

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

Height: 30'-45'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June

Bloom Color: white, red, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Native Range: 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

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, edible, fall interest, showy fruit

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easily propagated from seed without pretreatment.

Additional Notes

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.

Morus rubra

Also known as:

red mulberry

,

moral

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Urticales
Family Moraceae Mulberry family
Genus Morus mulberry
Species Morus rubra red mulberry

Morus rubra

Also known as:

red mulberry

,

moral