White Mulberries

White Mulberries

About White Mulberries

Morus alba, known as white mulberry, is a short-lived, fast-growing, small to medium sized mulberry tree, which grows to 10-20 m tall. The species is native to northern China, and is widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere. It is known as Tuta in Sanskrit, Tuti in Marathi and Toot in Persian language (Farsi), Iran. The white mulberry is widely cultivated to feed the silkworms employed in the commercial production of silk. It is also notable for the rapid release of its pollen, which is launched at over half the speed of sound. On young, vigorous shoots, the leaves may be up to 30A_cm long, and deeply and intricately lobed, with the lobes rounded.

Contributions by MPF, Michael Bailes, and Pinethicket.