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Cultural Details for Morus rubra

Common Name:
Red Mulberry

Growth Rate:
Fast, 2' per year

Average Mature Height:
40-70'

Average Mature Width:
40-50'

Flower Details:
Small, yellow-green, dense, eliptic catkin, 0.75-1" long, late May - early June

Fruit Details:
The 1" long fruits are green, ripening to orange and red, then turning dark purple, juicy, edible, and relished by birds.

Fall Color:
Usually a subdued yellow, but can develop a good golden-yellow fall color in good years.

Bark Details:
Stout, brown, thinly pubescent stems, older bark is gray-brown, ridged-and-furrowed with flattened ridges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Native from Massachusetts to Florida, west to Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. Zone 5 to 9

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Prefers a rich, moist soil

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8623

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu