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Morus rubra 'Illinois Everbearing'

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

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.

Height:
30-70 ft.
Flower:
The small yellowish-green flower is not showy. Male flower and female flower can bloom on same tree or different trees.
Zones:
4-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Full-sun or part shade. Well-drained soil. It can also adapts to various types of soils: thin, dry, wet or alkaline. Salt tolerant.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, oval shape
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:
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.
Tags:
deciduous

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