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Care of the plant Morus alba or White mulberry.

Care of the plant Morus alba or White mulberry

The genus Morus, family Moraceae, includes about 15 species of trees native to Asia, America, Africa and southern Europe. Some species are: Morus alba, Morus nigra, Morus rubra, Morus australis, Morus mesozygia.

Common names: White mulberry, Common mulberry, Silkworm mulberry. This species is native to China, Korea and Japan.

They are deciduous trees with a wide crown and hanging branches that reach 12 meters in height. The oval leaves, whole or lobed, are bright green in bundles and have a serrated edge. The leaves are fed to silkworms. The flowers appear in long spikes but are not decorative. They bloom in spring. The fruits are white or reddish and have a bittersweet taste.

These slow-growing plants are used as isolated specimens and in public streets and parks. They are ideal for coastal gardens and for cities.

Morus alba grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures. They resist frost well.

The soil can be normal garden soil with organic matter. The plantation takes place at the end of winter.

Water abundantly in summer although they resist drought quite well. The rest of the year water regularly, hoping that the substrate is almost dry.

Fertilize in autumn with manure or compost.

Pruning is not necessary but can be lightly pruned in spring to maintain a compact demeanor.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by cuttings in the fall and from seeds sown in the spring.

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Morus alba
Morus alba
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