Mulberry, White

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Morus alba


Native to:

Mature Height and Width:
30-50 feet by 30-50 feet

Additional Notes:
White mulberry has been taken from its native China and planted around the world as a source of fruit and shade.  Its most unique benefit is the use of its leaves as a food source for silkworms.  Widespread planting of white mulberry in the southwestern U.S. has been blamed for an increase in pollen allergy incidence.  This is a particularly great concern among many who have moved to that region to avoid the airborne allergens associated with moister climates.