Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

White Mulberry (Morus alba): Images

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June 29, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I had a hard time determining if this was White Mulberry (Morus alba) or Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) since it seems to have some characteristics of both. The front of the leaves were scabrous (rough to touch due to short, stiff, appressed hairs) as found in Red Mulberry, but it was only slightly scabrouns and slightly smooth. The front leaf surface was glossy as found in White Mulberry. The back of the leaf had tufts of hairs along the major veins as found in White Mulberry.

Some of the fruit was whitish as found in White Mulberry (although it will be interesting to see if those whitish fruits turn purple. White Mulberry can have some fruits that are pink, purple and even black. Finally, red Mulberry is found mostly in Western New England while White Mulberry throughout New England.

According to the Duke University Red Mulberry web page, White Mulberry and Red Mulberry can often hybridize, resulting in trees with intermediate characteristics. It is possible that this is a hybrid.
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June 16, 2014 Southern, Connecticut