refers both to the mulberry tree and to the fruit of that tree. It also refers
to the closely related Paper
Mulberry Broussonetia papyrifera.
mulberries are small to medium-sized trees native to warm temperate areas of Asia
America. They are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and
rarely exceed 10-15 m tall. The leaves are alternately arranged,
simple, often lobed, more often lobed on juvenile shoots than on mature trees,
and toothed on the margin. The fruit is a multiple fruit, 2-3 cm
long, red ripening dark purple.
fruit is edible and is widely used in some places. The fruit of the Black Mulberry,
native to southwest Asia, and the Red Mulberry, native
to eastern North America, have the
best flavour. The fruit of the White Mulberry, an east Asian species which is
extensively naturalized in urban regions of eastern North America is insipid in
Uses and cultivation
those of the White Mulberry, are also economically important as the sole food
source of the silkworm, the cocoon of which is used
to make silk.
can be grown from seed, and this is often advised as seedling-grown trees are
generally of better shape and health. However, they are most often planted from
large cuttings, which take root readily.
mulberry fruits are known to contain tetrahydrocannabinol.