Morus alba - White Mulberry
Morus alba is a fast growing, small to medium sized deciduous tree that is native to China. The Morus alba has a long and rich history of cultivation as a requirement for silkworm rearing. The cultivation began over four thousand years ago in China.
The Morus alba has spreading branches with a rounded crown. Its leaves are bright green variable in shape and size, they may be anything between 6 and 16cm long and heart-shaped or variously lobed creating interesting foliage.
Morus alba produces inconspicuous flowers, followed by fruits that start out white - pink in colour ripening to juicy dark fruits that are approximately 1-1.5cm long. They are sweet but bland, unlike the more intense flavour of the Morus nigra.
FACT: Widley cultivated to feed the silkworms employed in the commercial production of silk
Name: Morus alba
Common Name: White Mulberry
Demands: Full Sun, south facing, west facing
Soil: Moist but well drained, acidic, alkaline, chalk, loam, and sand.
Flowers: Inconspicuous flowers, followed by whitish fruits to reddish pink.
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