This is a tree that I have been growing. I'm wondering if this is a mulberry, and if so, what kind? Location is Arizona.

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    $\begingroup$ Did you just acquire this tree? The best way to determine if it's a mulberry is wait until it produces fruit. If you just moved into a new home, maybe you can ask your neighbors. It's hard to ignore mulberries. In the meantime, I'd suggest you pick a leaf, and take a picture of it next to a measuring stick, to indicate the approximate size. Also, take a picture of the bark. I'm not a plant ID expert, but it would help others answer your question. $\endgroup$ – David Blomstrom Mar 13 '16 at 5:43
  • $\begingroup$ It's produced fruit for about 3-4 years and it grew wild in our grass and we've had 9-11 more grow its fuitt are green, then red , then juicy purple in the end $\endgroup$ – Brayson Brock Mar 13 '16 at 5:53
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    $\begingroup$ Where is the tree growing? That's essential information for species identification questions. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Mar 13 '16 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ Arizona near Kingman $\endgroup$ – Brayson Brock Mar 21 '16 at 22:58

It is a mulberry. What isn't clear from the photos, and may not be clear without a DNA analysis, is whether it's a hybrid of the native red mulberry and the white mulberry imported from Asia in the hopes of starting a silk trade in North America (white mulberry is the main food source for silk caterpillars), or whether it's distinctly a red or white. The berries won't always indicate this, and the leaves won't always indicate this. At this point, our red mulberry has seen sufficient habitat loss that most new mulberry trees are hybrids.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you we've had 9-10 grow and they're is 2 different kinds of them. All produce fruit and the fruit is red and then mostly turn dark purple/red. $\endgroup$ – Brayson Brock Mar 21 '16 at 23:01

I am sure it is a Mulberry (Morus sp.). I have two of them growing in my garden. The bark, leaves and flowers look exactly like my trees. Note that the Mulberry has different male and female flowers (and off course only the female produce fruit). To be 100% sure I looked it up in Blameys' "Mediterranean wild flowers".


Looking at the landscape in your area (which suggests somewhere between west Texas and southern Oregon) it might also be a black mulberry.

Here is a snippet on black mulberries

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you and this is in Arizona so you're correct I want to say it's a black mulberry as well. $\endgroup$ – Brayson Brock Mar 13 '16 at 21:18

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