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Russian Mulberry
Catalogue A# 0099-171  AH5
GPS 45D 43' 46" N / 108D 37' 47" W


Morus alba var.tatarica

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Asia

Common name: Russian Mulberry

Location: Red panda viewing area, on small hill to left

Number in accession: 1

Note: Identified by 'mitten-like' leaves, this specimen in shady area

overallbenefitsBDL OTHER12Park or other

​This 12 inch Red mulberry provides overall benefits of: $102 every year. 


The uncommon red mulberry is a native woodland tree often reaching 40 to 60 feet tall. The dark green leaves turn a golden yellow and often remain late into autumn. The deep purple fruits of the female tree are sweet and relished by wildlife but can be quite messy. 

Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Parkway/street, Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height: 40-70 feet
Mature Width: 40-50 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
        Soil Preference: Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Prefers
        Salt Spray: Tolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Intolerant
        Poor Drainage: Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: May be difficult to find in nurseries, Messy fruit/plant parts, Weak wood and branch structure
        Ornamental Interest: Fall color, Edible fruit, Showy fruit, Attractive bark
        Season of Interest: Early fall, Mid fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
        Shape or Form: Round
        Growth Rate: Moderate
        Transplants Well: Yes
        Wildlife: Game birds, Game mammals, Small mammals, Songbird

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