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Morus rubra 'Townsend'

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Description

Morus rubra 'Townsend', commonly called Townsend 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.

Fruit dropping on vehicles and driveways can stain and be messy. Plant in a more naturalized area.

 

 

 

 

 

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#butterflies#deciduous#birds#drought tolerant#weedy#berries#messy#deer resistant#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#birds#drought tolerant#weedy#berries#messy#deer resistant#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Morus
    Species:
    rubra
    Family:
    Moraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    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.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Numerous sweet fruit that looks like the blackberry but slender.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    The small yellowish-green flower of the Townsend red mulberry is not showy. Male flower and female flower can bloom on the same tree or different trees.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate broad simple green leaves with a notch at the base and a finely serrated margin. The upper surface is rough and under surface is full of soft hair.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Weedy