Plant ID forum: Unknown tree in yard

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enh_MadisonWI
Jun 1, 2017 12:10 PM CST
We recently moved into a house in Southern Wisconsin. After removing a big patch of buckthorn, I found these trees growing. They don't look like anything else we have in the yard, and I have not been able to positively identify them from Google. Any help is very much appreciated!


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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 1, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Looks like non native mulberry, Morus alba.
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islander
Jun 1, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I agree
He who plants a garden plants happiness.

enh_MadisonWI
Jun 1, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Thank you for the quick answers! I suspected it may be a white mulberry, but the orange-ish tint of the bark threw me off. I have another smaller bush/tree located near this tree. It looks somewhat similar, but the bark and the leaves are ever-so-slightly different. I was thinking it may be red mulberry since it was in a heavily shaded area, but I don't have a ton of experience with plant identification. I have attached images of the other bush/tree in question. Since it's closely related, I figured it probably was not worth a new thread. Any additional thoughts on these would also be appreciated.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 1, 2017 1:20 PM CST
The best way I know to distinguish between Morus alba and M. rubra is by the texture of the leaves. Morus alba leaves are smooth and shiny where the leaves of Morus rubra leaves are rough to the touch, like sandpaper.

There are other differences of course, but that one comes to mind as an easy way to identify.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jun 1, 2017 1:43 PM CST
We also have a Mulberry that is neither of those but some sort of non-fruiting hybrid. Do yours bloom, bear fruit?
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 1, 2017 2:00 PM CST
There is another called, I want to say Paper Mulberry but I don't think its in the Morus family...
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 1, 2017 2:02 PM CST
This one:
Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera)
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