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Black Mulberry
Scientific Name: Morus nigra L.
Family: Moraceae
Black Mulberry (Morus  nigra)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 1: 631.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-24
USDA: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Middle East

Growth Habits: Small to medium-sized tree, slow growing to 30 feet tall (6-15 m); dark grey trunk; the light green leaves are 2 to 5 inches long (5-12.5 cm), 3 to 6 inches wide (7.5-15 cm); 'Stribling' has maple-shaped leaves

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, or graftings

Blooming Habits:
The white mulberry is dioecious (occasionally monoecious), male and female catkins are 1 to 3 inches long (2.5 to 7.5 cm) in early spring, the male flowers being narrower.

Fruiting Habits:
Dark purple to black drupes, 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long, in early summer. The unripe fruits shouldn't be eaten as, like the mulberry sap, slightly toxic. The fruits may be eaten raw or cooked, they are generally much sweeter and tastier than the ones of the more common Morus alba. The fruits can be a nuisance when the tree is placed over concrete surface can be stained by the falling fruits.

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