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Morus rubra 'Travis'

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Description

Morus rubra 'Travis', commonly called Travis 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.

 Fruits can stain driveways and vehicles and are dropped by the many birds that love to eat them. Best planted in a more naturalized area.

Cultivars:
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#butterflies#fruit#deciduous#birds#drought tolerant#edible#weedy#host#messy#deer resistant
Cultivars:
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#butterflies#fruit#deciduous#birds#drought tolerant#edible#weedy#host#messy#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Morus
    Species:
    rubra
    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
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Produces numerous sweet red to black fruit that looks like a blackberry but slender with a size of 1 1/4''.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    The small yellowish-green flower of the Travis 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:
    Hairy
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate broad simple green leaves with a notch at the base, finely serrated margin. The upper surface is rough and under surface is full of soft hair.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Edible
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt