Ten or more species of Morus
are native to North America, Africa,
and Asia. Some scientists include plants from South America in the genus. All are trees. They have been
used by people for their edible fruit, timber, and feeding the leaves to
silkworms. Red mulberry produces leaves with leaves with no lobes, two lobes,
and three lobes; sometimes displaying all three leaf types on a single branch.
The edible fruits resemble a black berry.
The wood is reported to be durable outdoors and has been
used for a variety of purposes. Fruits are food to a wide variety of birds and
small mammals. Young trees may require protection from browsing deer.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moist but well-drained soil, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: widely adaptable
This native tree is easy to grow in north Florida where the roots can reach ground
water or in dry locations with irrigation during extended droughts.