Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Paper Mulberry
Broussonetia papyrifera

Leaves are simple, alternate or sometimes opposite or whorled, deciduous and heart-shaped, often lobed, wooly hairy on both sides and on the petiole, and with a long pointed apex and roughly toothed margin. Petiole exudes a milky sap when cut. Twigs are brown and densely hairy. Bark is pale brown and smooth or shallowly grooved. Fruit is in red, round balls. Form is up to 15 m (50 ft) in height, often forming large thickets from root sprouting. Paper mulberry is from Asia and planted as an ornamental but is often found naturalized on a variety of open, usually disturbed sites.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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