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Height: 30' to 50' high; 30'-40' spread

Light: Best in full sun

Soil: Moist, well drained

Bloom: Spring, pale green

Fruit: Late summer clusters, resemble blackberries; two best for fruit.

Landscape: Yard tree or native garden, butterfly garden, food forest.

Resistance: Deer

More information and native range here

Photo: Creative Commons

Mulberry, Red

5 Gallons
  • Pollinator value: Low.  Larval host Mourning Cloak and Red Admiral butterflies and various moth species.

    Birds, especially the Northern Mockingbirds, love the fruit, as do small mammals.

    Burgundy/black fruits appear in May and June and, once ripened in late summer, can be eaten raw and made into pies, jams and cakes.  Fruit is not sold commercially because of issues with shelf life.  Unripe fruits can be toxic.

    Fruiting trees are not generally recommended near sidewalks because the fruits can be messy.

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