Mulberry trees are ubiquitous in lots of places, including where I usually take pictures, yet most people probably, especially in urban areas, do not even know if they have ever seen one.
There are several species of mulberry trees, the white mulberry from China the black mulberry from south western Asia, and the red mulberry from North America being the most well known ones.
The mulberry fruits are edible and most people who tried them like them. Mulberry fruit can also be used for making brandy.
White mulberry trees are often planted to provide feed for silkworms in the silk industry. Caterpillars or several species of moth, not just silkworms, love to eat mulberry leaves and they can literally cover the tree in caterpillar silk and chew off all the leaves.
Mulberry wood is very hard and often used for making barrels.
While a mulberry tree can grow into a really large tree, most mulberry trees I have seen around here looked like shrubs, possibly grown from scattered seeds. There is one variety, however, the weeping mulberry tree, that seems to be planted in various places in gardens or just on people’s front lawns as an ornamental tree. Weeping mulberry trees are quite often trimmed to certain shapes. Occasionally weeping mulberry trees are left to develop naturally, growing a lush crown of leaves with branches reaching all the way to the ground, instead of the more common well-manicured ‘lampshade’ shape that people think weeping mulberry trees should have.
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