Morus alba 'Fruitless'
Form: large rounded dense tree; dark green with dense canopy
Size: 30-50ft with equal spread; fast growth rate
Leaves: simple, alternate, lobed; top darker, underside lighter with pronounced venation; lots of variation in shape and number of lobes even on the same tree
Flowers: catkin (flower is present but sterile on fruitless varieties); pollen is highly allergenic
Fruit: small berries (not seen on fruitless varieties)
Stems/Trunks: smooth when young; with age gray and heavily fissured; attractive texture
Range/Origin: China; naturalized throughout North America
Hardiness: to 0°F
- no current uses; cannot be sold in Tucson
- attractive, dense shade (established plants)
- Exposure: full sun
- Water: drought tolerant; appreciates supplemental (once per month or more)
- Soil: adaptable, prefers uniform, deep
- Propagation: seed, hardwood cuttings
- Maintenance: low; fallen leaves are large and easy to clean up; fruit fall (on fruiting varieties)
outlawed in Tucson due to allergenic pollen
A fine shade tree with excellent drought and heat tolerance, unfortunately banned because of its irritative pollen.
'Kingan' large, dark green leaf, heart-shaped
'Stribling' deeply cut leaves
'Chaparral' weeping form, grafted onto tall trunks
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