Morus rubra 'Silk Hope'
- Common Name(s):
- Silk Hope red mulberry
- Edible Plants, Native Plants, Trees
Silk Hope red mulberry is a native tree species and has both edible and ornamental features. It is a hybrid between red mulberry and white mulberry. It can live up to 125 years but the weedy invasive character is not appealing. It is more cold hardy than black mulberry.
- 30-70 ft.
- The small yellowish-green flower is not showy. Male flower and female flower can bloom on same tree or different trees.
- Full-sun or part shade. Well-drained soil. It can also adapts to various types of soils: thin, dry, wet or alkaline. Salt tolerant.
- Upright, oval shape
- It produces numerous black fruit that looks like blackberry but slender with a size of 1 1/4''. It is sweet in flavor, similar to Illinois Everbearing but larger. It 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.
- 40 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- It features alternate broad simple green leaves with notch at the base, fine serrated margin. Upper surface is rough and under surface is full of soft hair.
NCCES plant id: 3019