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Morus rubra 'Townsend'

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

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.

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:
4-8
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 fruit that looks like blackberry but slender. 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: 3016