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Morus rubra

Red Mulberry

Family Moraceae


Use
Jam, Beverages, Cooked. The berry can be used to make jam or a cold drink. The early shoots can be collected and boiled.



Description

Growth Form: Tree growing up to 70 ft.

Leaves: Fine-toothed 3-6 inches. Sandpapery and hairy underneath. 3 leaf types: 0 lobes, 1 lobe (mitten), or 2 lobes (maple-like). Tip can be pointed to blunt.

 

Red Mulberry (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Leaves

Red Mulberry (Hannah Ramer, Waltham MA)
Bark



Bark:
Sap is milky. Red-brown bark with smooth ridges.

Fruits: Pendant and blackberry-like. Red at first, but turns purple when ripe.


Habitat and Range

Rich soil, open forest. From Northeastern Canada south and west as far as Texas.

Season

Shoots harvested in the spring. Fruit harvested in the summer.

Red Mulberry (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Leaves

Red Mulberry (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Whole Plant





Fun Facts

Warning: Un-ripened fruit and raw shoots contain hallucinogens.

 

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