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Broussonetia papyrifera
Broussonetia papyrifera

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Zones 3B, 4-33, H1, H2
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Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Broussonetia papyrifera

Paper Mulberry
Moraceae
Deciduous, Trees

Native to China, Japan. Valuable as shade tree where soil and climate limit choices. Tolerates heat, strong winds, city pollution, and stony, sterile, or alkaline soils. Drought tolerant except in desert Zones 11–13, where it is considered a high-water-use tree. Moderate to fast growth to 50 ft. tall, with dense, broad crown to 40 ft. across. Often considerably smaller and more shrub-like in gardens. Suckering habit can be a problem in rainy climates or highly cultivated gardens. Good in rough bank plantings. Smooth gray bark can become ridged and furrowed with age. Heart-shaped, 4–8-in. leaves are green and rough on upper surface, gray and velvety beneath; leaf edges are toothed, often lobed when young. Blooms in spring. Flowers on male trees are catkins; on female trees, rounded flower heads are followed by red fruits (in early summer) if a male tree is growing nearby. Needs minimal pruning (done in dormant season).

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