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Mulberry - Red

Mulberry - Red

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Red mulberry, is a medium sized, deciduous tree, growing to 35-50’ tall, and is native to the Easter United States. It has lobed leaves, milky sap, reddishbrown bark and edible fruits. Leaves can be quite variable, however, ranging from unlobed to deeply lobed and from rough-textured to glabrous on the upper surfaces. Leaves turn yellow in fall. Unisexual greenish flowers in small catkin-like spikes appear in early spring with male and female flowers usually appearing on separate trees (dioecious). Trees with only male flowers obviously never bear fruit. Fertilized female flowers are followed by sweet blackberry-like edible fruits (to 1” long) that are reddish to dark purple in color. Fruits are sweet and juicy and may be eaten off the tree. Fruits are also used for jellies, jams and wines. Fruits are not commercially sold because they have very short “shelf lives” and pack/ship very poorly. Fruits are also very attractive to birds. Host to 6 species of Lepidoptera (caterpillars).Red mulberry

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