E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Morus alba L.
white mulberry
Moraceae (Mulberry family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Large shrub or small tree, 10-15 m tall; stems spreading, bark greyish.
Broadly egg-shaped to heart-shaped, 4-12 cm long, coarsely toothed to irregularly lobed.
Inflorescence of imperfect flowers in short cylindrical spikes; male spikes drooping, 10-25 mm long and loosely flowered; female spikes 10-15 mm long and crowded with flowers; calyces fleshy.
Achenes, white to pink, red, purple or blackish, covered by the fleshy calyces (blackberry-like), 1-2.5 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Early Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Purple
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry, disturbed areas in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC; introduced from Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Morus alba var. multicaulis (Perr.) Loudon
Morus alba var. tatarica (L.) Ser.
Morus tatarica L.

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