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White Mulberry (Morus alba L.)

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White Mulberry
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A tree native to northern China; introduced in North America, where it is widely considered invasive and hybridizes with the native red mulberry.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

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Historically, this species was introduced in an attempt to establish a silk industry, as its leaves are the preferred host of the silk worm. See Connecticut’s Mulberry Craze for a history of the attempt in Connecticut. The attempt was largely unsuccessful, as the silk produced was more expensive and lower quality than silk from Asia, and did not compete favorably on the global market.

The fruit is edible, but usually only eaten casually, as it is sweet but often bland.

The plant is also used in medicine.

This species can be used for wood, and has many desirable properties, but it is not commercially harvested for lumber because of the tree's small size. See more on mulberry in the wood database.

Closely related to, and hybridizes readily with the native red mulberry, Morus rubra.

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