Morus rubra

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Red Mulberry


Plant Specifics

Size:35-50 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms mid- to late spring. Fruits ripen late summer-early fall.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Plant tree in areas where fallen fruit will not be an issue.
Considerations:Fallen fruits are messy.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acid to alkaline



Fruits are very popular with birds and mammals and some reptiles (for example, Eastern box turtle )

Native Habitats:Upper floodplains, hammocks, mesic forests..

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.
General Comments:Wind pollinated.  Dioecious.  According to Huegel (2010), the flowers attract insects.