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Morus rubra 'Illinois Everbearing'

Common Name(s):
Illinois Everbearing red mulberry
Categories:
Edible Plants, Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Morus rubra 'Illinois Everbearing', or Illinois Everbearing red mulberry is a native tree species and has both edible and ornamental features. It can live up to 125 years but the weedy invasive character is not appealing. It is more cold hardy than black mulberry.

The bark is gray-brown with long, scaly ridges.  This tree produces a 1" to 1.25" long cluster of drupes that matures in the summer.  The fruit resembles a blackberry.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

     Blooms: Spring             Nut/Fruit/Seed: Summer 

Wildlife Value:   This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is a possible host plant for the Red Admiral butterfly. Its fruits are eaten by many birds, especially gray catbirds and northern mockingbirds, foxes, opossums, raccoons, and squirrels.  

 

Height:
30-70 ft.
Flower:
The small yellowish-green cylindrical flower of the Illinois Everbearing red mulberry is not showy. Male flower and female flower can bloom on the same tree or different trees.
Zones:
4-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Illinois Everbearing red mulberry will grow in full sun or part shade. It prefers well-drained soil. It can also adapt to various types of soils. it is salt tolerant.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, oval shape
Fruit:
Drupes
Edibility:
It produces numerous reddish-black fruit that looks like blackberry but slender over a long period with a size of 1 1/4''. It is sweet in flavor but can cause purple splotches on driveways or cars. The fruit does not ripen at the same time. It is great for making jelly, wine and dessert.
Width:
40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
The Illinois Everbearing red mulberry features alternate, broad, simple green leaves with a notch at the base and a finely serrated margin. The upper surface is rough, the under surface is full of soft hair.
Tags:
fruit, deciduous, drought tolerant, birds, edible, host, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 3015

Morus rubra 'Illinois Everbearing' Fruit and leaves
Photo by JP Goguen, CC BY-NC-2.0
Morus rubra 'Illinois Everbearing' Fruit and leaves
Photo by JP Goguen, CC BY-NC-2.0