Black Mulberry Morus nigra (Moraceae) HEIGHT to 13m<br />
Gnarled bole and dense, twisting branches and twigs make even a young tree look ancient. Crown may be broader than tree is tall. BARK Dark orange-brown, fissured and peeling. Downy shoots release milky juice if snapped. LEAVES To 20cm long, oval with heart-shaped base, toothed margin and pointed tip. Petiole hairy, to 2.5cm long. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flower spikes are produced on short downy stalks in May; yellowish-green male flowers are about 2.5cm long, females are about 1–1.25cm long and give rise to a hard raspberry-like fruit, acidic until fully ripened, when wine-red or purple. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Asia, long cultivated elsewhere. In Britain, found mainly in south, in sheltered gardens.
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Black Mulberry Morus nigra (Moraceae) HEIGHT to 13m
Gnarled bole and dense, twisting branches and twigs make even a young tree look ancient. Crown may be broader than tree is tall. BARK Dark orange-brown, fissured and peeling. Downy shoots release milky juice if snapped. LEAVES To 20cm long, oval with heart-shaped base, toothed margin and pointed tip. Petiole hairy, to 2.5cm long. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flower spikes are produced on short downy stalks in May; yellowish-green male flowers are about 2.5cm long, females are about 1–1.25cm long and give rise to a hard raspberry-like fruit, acidic until fully ripened, when wine-red or purple. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Asia, long cultivated elsewhere. In Britain, found mainly in south, in sheltered gardens.

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