Morus rubra
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Morus rubra

red mulberry

  family moraceae 
  genus morus 

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Genus  Morus Species  rubra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  red mulberry Family  MORACEAE Specimen number  S13947 Data source  Allergy p262;GrUnFr p235;UnFruit pp173-183
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  40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b 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  Morus rubra can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best.
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  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are 1 to 1 1/2 inch long drupes, bright red turning purple as they ripen. It has sweet, slightly acidic and spicy flavor. Among its many possible uses in the kitchen, Morus rubra is often used in jam, in drinks and in sweets. In the distillery, Red mulberry is made into wine. This plant is most commonly used dried or fresh. This anemophilous species has only a light pollen count during hay fever season. March to May is the usual season for causing hay-fever problems.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
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 1 to 1 1/2 inch long drupes, bright red turning purple as they ripen Flavor / texture  has sweet, slightly acidic and spicy flavor
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Morus rubra to produce fruit. Crops can be harvested throughout July. Red mulberry is often propagated using a cutting or by layering or by seed. This plant is a cultivated ornamental. This species most likely originates from North America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Morus rubra is a woody perennial. Red mulberry is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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