Morus alba
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Morus alba

white mulberry
sang ye

  family moraceae 
  genus morus 

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Genus  Morus Species  alba Variety  Cultivar  Common names  white mulberry   sang ye Family  MORACEAE Specimen number  S13853 Data source  Allergy p262;DyePl p58;GrUnFr p235;MedPl p235;UnFruit pp173-183;Xeri p302
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Ascending Overall height  45' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The bark of Morus alba as well as the wood has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Yellow is the most typical color produced by White mulberry. Morus alba is known as sang ye in Chinese. Mulberry was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina for dyeing. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This species does best in full sun to partial shade. It usually does best in dry soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Mar 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiemetic   expectorant   dental anesthetic   laxative   elephantiasis treatment   tinnitus remedy Medicinal parts  Leaves   Twigs   Fruit   Root bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are a white to pink drupe. It is very sweet and completely without tartness. Some of its possible culinary uses include: in jam, in drinks and in sweets. Morus alba is a good source for the production of wine. White mulberry is most often used dried or fresh. This plant has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as an antiemetic, as an expectorant, as a dental anesthetic and as a laxative. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. The leaves together with the twigs and the fruit and the root bark are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist. This is a light producer of pollen but should cause problems to only the most sensitive hay fever sufferers. Hay fever season usually extends from March to May.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Bark   Wood Dye color  yellow
Propagule  Cutting   Layering   Seed Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style  Orchard Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Jul 01 - Jul 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jam   Wine   Drinks   Dried   Sweets Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts a white to pink drupe Flavor / texture  very sweet and completely without tartness
Horticulture notes  Morus alba is self fertile. Harvesting usually occurs in July. White mulberry can be propagated using a cutting or by layering or by seed. This plant is a cultivated ornamental. This species is considered to have originated from Bosnia and Herzegovina and China.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Morus alba is a woody perennial. White mulberry is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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