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Paper Mulberry

Broussonetia papyrifera

Also known as

Kapa, Tapa-Cloth-Tree, Wauke

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Paper Mulberry Overview

This deciduous tree had grey green leaves that are slightly hairy. In spring it produces male and female flowers, the female being spherical with long purple stigmas. These develop into sweet orange fruit that are edible.

Common problems with Paper Mulberry

How to harvest Paper Mulberry

Historically used in paper making, it's wood is also used for furniture making, it's roots for rope making while it's leaves and fruits are edible. It has also been used in traditional medicines.

How to propagate Paper Mulberry

Seed

Sow in autumn as soon as seeds are ripe.

Cuttings

Take semi ripe or hardwood cuttings

Division

Remove offsets

Special features of Paper Mulberry

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Paper Mulberry

A low maintenance plant that can be used in informal cottage gardens but also suits being included in tropical style designs.