Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


950

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious or Dioecious
Has translucent to milky-white latex (milky sap not always evident in winter)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in bottomland forests, mesic slopes, disturbed areas, suburban woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
Petals absent
4 stamens in staminate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Red
Multiple of nutlets

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Morus rubra   FAMILY Moraceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Morus rubra var. rubra   FAMILY Moraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 057-02-002:
Morus rubra   FAMILY Moraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Red Mulberry


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Gill Newberry    gn03_morus_female_flowers

March        

Pistillate flowers in dense spikes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm140411_875

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140411_880

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmrubra_flwrwad

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Staminate flowers loosely arranged in spikes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmrubra_leefalls2

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Flowers appear with the leaves, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Gill Newberry    gn05_morus_rubra_fruits2

May        

Fruit a multiple of drupes, resembling a blackberry, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090601_001

June    Greenville County    SC

Fruit 2-3cm long, reddish, purplish or nearly black [when ripe], sweet, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090601_009

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s090610_cd

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves mostly 4-9" long, coarsely toothed, scabrous above, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    s090610_e

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves often lobed on juvenile wood, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


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JK Marlow    jkm130709_404

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaves of young trees & vigorous sprouts more lobed than those of mature trees, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    s090920_ab

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s090920_c

September    Greenville County    SC

All veins and veinlets pubescent on underside of leaf, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm131020_930

October    Spartanburg County    SC