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Morus alba

White mulberry

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Morus alba
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Plant details

Commercially valued as the sole food source of the silkworm, the white mulberry, Morus alba, makes an attractive garden tree. It bears large lobed leaves, inconspicuous flowers and juicy dark fruits. While the fruits are edible they're said to be inferior to those of the black mulberry, Morus nigra.

Grow Morus alba in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, ideally with the added protection of a south- or west-facing wall. Keep protected from cold, drying winds.

Family: Moraceae

Genus: Morus

Species: alba

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Time to plant: October to March

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