Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for White Mulberry - Morus alba   L.
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AuthorL.
DistributionAcross the state, with a large gap in the southern portion of the Coastal Plain. Gaps are merely artifacts of collecting.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. NH to southern Ont. and ND, south to FL, TX, and CO.
AbundanceUncommon to locally fairly common throughout.
HabitatMargins of woods, clearings, fields, river banks, waste areas, back-dunes, roadsides.
PhenologyFlowering March-May; fruiting May-June.
IdentificationWhite Mulberry recalls our native Red Mulberry (M. rubra), but mature leaves are much smaller (half the surface area or less) and are much more likely to have a lobe or "thumb." Blades are glabrate beneath vs. pubescent or puberulent beneath in Red Mulberry; they are also quite shiny above, as opposed to rather dull and not glossy above in that native species. Fruits are variable in color when mature, from whitish to blackish (vs. deep red-purple to blackish in Red Mulberry).
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BA SorrieEdge of woods near junction Niagara-Carthage Rd. and Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines. MooreOther_non_natural
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