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Plant Species of the genus Morus

Information about this genus
Name: Morus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: The black mulberry (Morus nigra) has long been cultivated for its fruits, while the leaves of the white mulberry (M. alba) provide fodder for silkworms. In cool climates fruit production will require a very warm sheltered site or wall protection. Mulberries will grow in any reasonably fertile well-drained soil. Pruning should be done in winter and be kept to a minimum as the sap bleeds freely. Propagation is usually from cuttings taken in spring or autumn, although large pieces of branch (truncheons) up to 5 ft (1.5 m) long can be planted 20 in (50 cm) into the ground.
Description: There are about 12 species of deciduous trees and shrubs in this genus. It is a member of the wider mulberry family which includes fig and rubber trees and breadfruit. Most species are from Asia with a few being found in parts of North America and central Africa. The leaves are arranged alternately and are generally heart-shaped with serrated margins. Inconspicuous male and female flowers are borne on separate catkins and are followed by fruits resembling raspberries.

Specie Vernacular Zone
alba 4-10
Morus australis 6-9
Morus microphylla 9-11
nigra 5-10
rubra 5-10

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