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     Red Mulberry is beloved by birds, especially the Northern Mockingbird.  Mammals also love the fruits, and Red Mulberry is a larval host to the Mourning Cloak and Red Admiral butterflies and various moth species.


     The fruits appear in spring, maturing to black by late summer.  They can be eaten raw or made into pies, jams and cakes.  You won't find mulberries in the stores, though, because of poor shelf life.


     Plant Red Mulberry near your home (but not where the fruits will land on sidewalks or driveways) so you can hear the lovely songs from the happy mockingbirds landing on the branches and devouring the fruits.


     Photo: Creative Commons

Mulberry, Red

7 Gallons
    • Latin: Morus rubra
    • Pollinator value: Low
    • Height: 30 to 50 feet high; 30- to 40-foot 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
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