red mulberry

(Morus rubra)

Conservation Status
red mulberry
Photo by Barbara Dodge
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SH - Possibly Extirpated

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The leaves are usually oval and unlobed, but occasionally have 2 or 3 deep lobes.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

20 to 60

 
     
 

Record

 
 

The champion red mulberry in Minnesota is on public property near Minneapolis, in Hennepin County. In 2016 it was measured at 44 tall and 71 in circumference (22 in diameter).

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Yellowish-green

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  White mulberry (Morus alba) leaves usually have deep, irregular lobes.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Floodplain forests, woodland edges, streambanks, old homesteads, parks.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

May to early June

 
     
 
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Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 24, 28, 29, 30.

According to Minnesota State Botanist Welby Smith8, there may be no native trees left in the state.

The map to the left shows historical records (1899 and 1920 in Houston County); sites where they may have been planted and persist but are not naturalized; sightings recorded at iNaturalist; and sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com and its contributors.

 
  2/7/2020    
       
       
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Rare

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Rosanae  
 

Order

Rosales (roses, elms, figs, and allies)  
 

Family

Moraceae (mulberry)  
  Tribe Moreae  
 

Genus

Morus (mulberry)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
  Morus rubra var. rubra  
       
 

Common Names

 
 

American mulberry

moral

red mulberry

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Red Mulberry Tree, On Mississippi River, St.Paul MN

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Red mulberry, fall color, November 2016, near MN/IA border

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Sara H.
7/27/2020

Location: Sibley County, Mn


Barbara Dodge
5/30/2017

Location: Riverwalk, Lowertown, St. Paul

Red Mulberry Tree, On Mississippi River, St.Paul MN

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Randy
November, 2016

Location: near MN/IA border

Red mulberry, fall color

red mulberry


Natalie
7/1/2013

Hello,
I believe I have a few Red Mulberry trees on my property.  We live near the MN river valley on the border of Eagan and Burnsville.  I was reading up on these trees on your site and it states they are rare.  is the fruit edible?  (I hope so - I ate some today to try and they are SWEET!).


     
     
 
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