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Plant Details

Morus rubra

Red Mulberry, Common Mulberry

Scientific Name:

Morus rubra

Genus:

Morus

Species Epithet:

rubra

Common Name:

Red Mulberry, Common Mulberry

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Moraceae (Mulberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, mesic slopes, disturbed areas, suburban woodlands. Common over nearly all of the state, but scarce in far eastern counties and in higher mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Mostly dioecious: need a male pollinator to get female fruit set. Best for natural areas.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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