Botanical name: Morus species
Family: Moraceae (mulberry)
- Dioecious or monoecious (species vary)
- Medium size tree
- Height 35-45′
- Rapid growth rate slowing as it matures
- Simple, lobed leaf with serrated margins having an alternate arrangement on twigs
- Fruit is edible. Young fruit is often white or pink, darkening becoming red, purple and eventually if left unpicked they may turn black as it ripens into a delicious sweet fruit. The fruits sometimes dry on the branches and become a candy-like, sweet, chewy fruit. Yummy!
- Used in pie, jams, eaten raw, dried and food coloring.
- The wood has many uses and carves nicely leaving a tiger’s eye marble finish that when oiled brings out a depth and shine that makes it the author’s favorite woods for creating beautiful custom wood working projects. The twigs have a long history of being used for basket making, too.