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Morus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Moraceae. The 10–16 species of deciduous trees it contains are commonly known as Mulberries. The closely related genus Broussonetia is also commonly known as mulberry, notably the Paper Mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera. Mulberries are swift-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely exceed 10–15 m (33–49 ft) tall. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, often lobed, more often lobed on juvenile shoots than on mature trees, and serrated on the margin. Depending on the species, they can be monoecious or dioecious.[2] The fruit is a multiple fruit, 2–3 cm (0.79–1.2 in) long. The fruits when immature are white or green to pale yellow with pink edges. In most species the fruits are red when they are ripening, turning dark purple to black and have a sweet flavor. The fruits of the white-fruited cultivar of the white mulberry are green when young and white when ripe; the fruit in this cultivar is also sweet but has a very mild flavor compared with the darker variety.


The berries start out white, then turn red, then purple. The berries are very sweet. The tree is about 15 to 20 feet tall.

1 Species ID Suggestions

awl4hymn 10 years ago
White Mulberry
Morus alba White Mulberry (Morus alba)

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1 Comment

flybeasley 10 years ago


thanks for the ID suggestion. I think it is just Mulberry. The White Mulberry is native to Asia.

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Parole, Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2012
Submitted on May 31, 2012

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