SOLVED: Plant needs ID

Collierville, TN

What variety of Mulberry is this? Fruit is about 1" long turn from red to black.
Fast growing can reach 10'. Huge heart shaped leaves 6" long, 4" widang help appreciated. Thanks!

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This is certainly Morus alba,in India the leaves are fed to the larvae of Bombyx mori (Silk worm) to obtain the best quality silk.

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

In the 1700's, General James Oglethorpe imported hundreds of Morus alba to coastal Georgia with the idea of establishing a silk industry. It's an interesting part of American history as is the early development of indigo and rice. Though sericulture was not successful we have the volunteer descendents of those trees throughout the South. I occasionally run across a silkworm as well. They survive but do not thrive here.

Collierville, TN

Just curious...aren't the Alba fruits white? The fruits on mine are an 1" long and turns from red to black and very sweet..


1.Morus macroura - Himalayan Mulberries - Unripe
2.Morus macroura - Himalayan Mulberries - Ripe
3.Morus macroura - Catkins
In Indian villages, public places do have these M.alba trees to attract varieties of birds. When we are small, climb up the trees and enjoy the fruits. TN (Tamil Nadu) India.M. macroura saplings are available in the Hort. Gardens


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Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

We have these short-lived volunteer trees on a property in North Georgia. One grew over my kids' play platform. They could climb up and pick berries. On creative days they would dye old t-shirts and on other days they had mulberry wars. The fruit is gone in no time. As John said, they attract birds. Lots of birds.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

In eastern North America, it is possible to find plenty of the invasive exotic Morus alba AND the native Morus rubra. You won't find much difference between the fruit. Unfortunately, the Asian species can also cross with the native and further infiltrate the gene pool.

Morus alba (White Mulberry or Asian Mulberry) fruit matures to the same purple staining sweetness relished by birds and children as does the native tree. Don't be fooled by common names. The fruits on these trees may begin a whitish greenish creamy color, but they mature through the pinkish reddish and then purple color before consumption. They rival Pokeweed fruit for propensity to stain surfaces when strafed by aerial avian bombardment.

Your plant appears to be more akin to Asian Mulberry (Morus alba) to me, but that is only based on your few images. White Mulberry can have big leaves and purple fruit, and typically has very slick shiny smooth leaves. Red Mulberry leaves are often much more coarse to the touch. Both species can sport the variable morphology of glove, mitten, or unlobed leaves - often all on the same plant.

Unfortunately, your third image offers some confusion with the large foliaged plant with opposite arrangement of simple leaves photobombing you. Is that a Catalpa, or a stray Paulownia horning in?

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