Red Mulberry Overview
Morus rubra is a deciduous tree species from the Moraceae family. It originates from eastern and central North America, it is commonly found in the United States and listed as endangered in Canada. Leaves are large and alternately arranged, measuring up to 20cm in length and 12cm wide, roughly double the size compared to the White Mulberry, Morus alba. This species is commonly known by the names American Mulberry or Red Mulberry, after the red fruits, which are particualrly popular with birds! The leaves are usually simple in shape, with finely serrated edges and on young trees, the leaves may have a 2-3 lobed structure. Leaves have a rough upper surface and are covered in soft hairs on the underside. Flowers are non-showy, coloured yellow-green or red-green, appearing as the leaves do. Leading onto attractive, sweet-tasting achene fruits, similar to a Blackberry, they measure 2-3cm in length and develop from a pale green colour to red-purple with maturity.