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Mulberry - Morus

Red Mulberry is a native tree to North America. The white mulberry is native to China, but has been planted widely in North America.

American Indians made a medicine from the roots and they used the sap to treat ringworm. Peterson Field Guide Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, 1990.

Mulberry wood has been used to make non-rotting fence posts. PA DCNR

Mulberries are edible. They are highly perishable. Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants

George Washington planted white mulberries at Mount Vernon. He planned to use their leaves to feed to silkworms.

Mulberry is a great tree for a habitat garden. Plant it far from your house or walks since the dropped berries can be messy.

The dark red berries of the Red Mulberry are a favorite summer food of birds and other wildlife. Animals also use the trees for shelter and nesting sites to raise their young.


close up of ripening mulberries

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This glorious White Mulberry tree was planted by George Washington at the edge of his formal garden at Mount Vernon, Virginia. To get an idea of its size - the white fence is nearly 5 feet tall.

white mulberry at Mt. Vernon, Virginia

bark of mulberry tree

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