Morus rubra – Red Mulberry – 3-Gallon


Unlike its weedy exotic cousins, which neither receive nor deserve much respect in horticultural circles, our native mulberry is a handsome, unaggressive forest tree. It inhabits rich, fertile, mesic forest soils, rather than the sidewalk cracks favored by the exotic species, and becomes a vase-shaped spreading shade tree in the open, reminiscent of a small American elm. The fruits are tastier than exotic mulberries and are a bird and human favorite. For fruit production, plant a few trees because individual trees are either male or female. Most of our trees are too young to have flowered so we generally don’t know if a particular young tree is male or female.


Photo by Chris Light, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons