Morus is a genus containing approximately 17 accepted species of deciduous shrubs and trees in the Moraceae family. They have a wide distribution in temperate regions worldwide, they are also extensively cultivated and naturalised. They have broad, ovate leaves, sometimes divided into deep lobes, and small green-yellow flowers followed by edible black, red or white fruits. Commonly known as mulberries, these plants are mainly grown for their fruit, which are typically used to make preserves. Leaves of the white mulberry tree, Morus alba, provide food for silkworms. This species of Morus has been extensively planted throughout the world as development for the silk industry. This genus contains ornamental trees, and there are many cultivars with a diverse range of growth habits that have been bred.