White Mulberry (Morus alba)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Morus alba Accepted
Morus alba f. tatarica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 30-50 ft.
Plant Spread: 30-50 ft.
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: fruit is a drupe changing from white to pink to dark purple when fully ripe
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Erosion control
Shade Tree
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: tissue culture
Containers: Not suitable for containers

photo credit: B.navez

Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Feb 19, 2014 12:14 PM

The white fruiting mulberry will produce seedless berries without a male tree close by. The berries are edible in either the green or white stage, and they are non-staining. This tree can also be maintained as a shrub because fruits are produced on new growth.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 19, 2019 8:00 AM

This White or Common or Chinese Mulberry is a very common weed tree in the Midwestern and Eastern US. I actually have seen a few of this species, ( only the female trees bear fruit), having white fruit, some can be pinkish, but most do have the dark red-purple fruit, which are tasty. The fruit clusters are 1/2 to 1 inch long, usually a little shorter than the Red species, and borne in June-July. The leaves are 2 to 7 inches long and up to 6 inches wide, and are shiny and smooth to just a little bit rough. The leaves range from being simple to two-lobed to three-lobed. It was originally brought over to the US to try to start a silk industry which did not work out. The original American Red Mulberry was susceptible to a leaf fungus that came with the Chinese species and is now rare and the American species was not so aggressive to multiply or to grow in poor or difficult soils. Actually, many trees are hybrids between the two species usually with more Asian in the mix than American. There are good number of cultivars of Common Mulberry and hybrids that are grown for their fruit.

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