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Morus rubra /Red Mulberry

Morus rubra  / Morus rubra
Mature and developing fruit and foliage
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Mature and developing fruit and foliage

Mature tree in a lawn setting

Close-up of foliage

Fruit and foliage

Ripening fruit

Specimen tree

Typical of how the branches grow near the ground

Foliage showing the glossy surface

Fruit hanging beneath the foliage

A branch laden with heavy fruit

A close-up of the ripening fruit


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Scientific Name: Morus rubra
Common Name: Red Mulberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Purple, Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Mulberries are dioecious, with male and female flowers are normally on separate trees. Male flowers are catkins and female look like the immature berry. The ripened fruit turn from red to black and are edible and birds readily consume them.