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Red Mulberry
Scientific Name: Morus rubra L.
Synonym:
Family: Moraceae
Red Mulberry (Morus  rubra) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-7,26,28-41
USDA: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern and central USA

Growth Habits: Small deciduous tree, with a short trunk that branches low; rough, reddish-brown bark with long ridges; milky sap; alternate, simple, papery, almost orbicular leaves, 3 to 5 inches long (7-12 cm), with up to 3 lobes, varying in shape from leaf to leaf, on the same tree

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds, grafting of named varieties, cuttings in mid-summer are possible but difficult


The Red Mulberry is similar to the common white mulberry, but the top side of the leaves is rough.

Morus rubra, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 1: 631. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.

Blooming Habits:
The red mulberry is normally dioecious, small, green, male flowers, on male trees, are hanging catkins, 1 to 2 inches long (2.5-5 cm). The female tree, also bears catkins, 1 inch long (2.5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit looks like blackberries, cylindrical, 1 to 1.2 inches long (2.5-3 cm), cluster of drupes. They come in mid to late summer. They are sweeter and more flavorful than the fruit of the white mulberry.


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