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Morus alba

 
Morus alba

Common name white mulberry
Family moraceae
Life cycle tree (Z4-9)
Flowers yellow-green (March-April)
Size to 30'
Light sun-part shade

One of the most prevalent tree weeds in our garden (along with black walnuts and wild cherries), white mulberries pop up in all kinds of places, and are fast growers. On quite a few occasions, I didn't notice them until they were quite tall and robust-growing, and hard to extract with their roots. This is an introduced species, native to Asia. Since it has spread from being introduced as a host plant for silk production, it has become much more common than the native red mulberry (Morus rubra), which is more at home in shady woods than in suburban gardens. The leaf shape of white mulberry is variable, ranging from entire (no lobes), to irregularly lobed with mitten or hand shapes. Compared to the finely and sharply serrated leaves of red mulberry, white mulberry has larger, more rounded serrations.

This is a weed in our garden

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