The Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) is the only mulberry tree native to Michigan. The flowers are of two kinds (male or female) and can be on the same or different trees. The 1 ½ inch long berry is fascinating as it transforms from light green through deepening shades of red until it ripens to a rich purple.
While it is a beautiful tree that provides for a lot of wildlife, the unfortunate downside to having a mulberry tree in your neighborhood is the end result. New trees are started when seeds pass through digestive tracts of birds unharmed and are deposited in pretty purple splats. Mother Nature hard at work!
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