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WHITE MULBERRY
Morus alba

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Photo Locations: UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

Resistant to Texas root rot. Takes some drought.

Native to China.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Moraceae

Additional Common Names

WHITE MULBERRY, SILKWORM MULBERRY, RUSSIAN MULBERRY, MORAL BLANCO

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a High Canopy.

Rounded or Spreading Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 - 50 feet.

Width: 30 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate to Cordate sometimes Lobed, Dark Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Prolific, Black, Purple or White Multiple Fruit, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.

Bark Light Green, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot and Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers, Caterpillars, Spider Mites and White Fly, Chlorosis, Crown Rot, Fusarium, Armillaria, Leaf Blight, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as High.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Morus alba Tree Record." 1995-2020. Sep 29, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/morus-alba >

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