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White Mulberry
Morus alba

This fast-growing tree is native to China and was introduced into North America as an ornamental plant with attractive fruits. Trees grow 10-20 m tall and produce many deep purple fruits 1-2.5 cm in length. Its leaves are the preferred food for silkworms and, in Asia, these trees are often cultivated as a source of fodder for this silk-producing insect.

Habitat:Grows in a wide variety of habitats.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 12 m tall, with low branches.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL AR AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY
Presence in Canada:BC ON QC
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This project was supported in part by NSF Grant IIS-03-25867 (ITR: An Electronic Field Guide: Plant Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century) and by the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
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