Mulberries

Morus sp. (Moraceae)

Characteristics

The genus Morus contains around 15 different species of deciduous trees, growing wild and under cultivation.

Fast-growing when young, can grow up to 24 m. Leaves alternate and simple. Fruits white, red or black. Edible.

Distribution

Native to Southern Asia. Today, widely distributed across Europe, South Africa and the Americas.

Natural Medical Properties

The juice of the bark is applied to cuts and wounds

Did you know?

In Brazil, mulberries are regarded as invasive species.

Mulberries are related (same family) to the “Common Fig” (Ficus carica) and to “Breadfruit” (Artocarpus altilis).

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species