Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Morus alba  White Mulberry
Family Moraceae
Genus Morus  [MOR-us]  ancient L. name for mulberry
Species alba   white
Properties tree
Morus alba, known as white mulberry, is a short-lived, fast-growing, small to medium-sized mulberry tree, which grows to 10–20 m tall. The species is native to northern China, and is widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere (United States, Mexico, Australia, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, etc.). It is known as shahatut in Hindi शहतूत and Urdu شہتوت ,Tuta in Sanskrit, Tuti in Marathi, Dut in Turkish and Toot in Persian in Azerbaijani and in Armenian. The white mulberry is widely cultivated to feed the silkworms employed in the commercial production of silk. It is also notable for the rapid release of its pollen, which is launched at over half the speed of sound.
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