Paper Mulberry

Broussonetia papyrifera

Native to eastern Asia, this species is now widely naturalized in the eastern United States where it was introduced for its ornamental value. Its leaves are highly variable in shape, even on the same branch, but are usually 7-20 cm long with a rough surface above and fuzzy below. The juicy red fruits are edible and sweet, but are very fragile and not suitable for commercialization.
Habitat:
Grows in a wide variety of habitats.
Growth Habit:
Fast-growing tree to 12 m, with round crown, sprouts into thickets.
Bloom Time:
Late spring.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA HI IL IN KS KY LA MD MO MS NC NJ NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA