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Morus microphylla

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Tree
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Wind
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
12-20' × 8-12'
Flowering Season March-April
Flower Color Greenish/white
Minimum Temperature Range -15 °F
Leaf Description Rounded base, 3-lobed, with toothed margins
Fruit Tasty fruits turning from green to purplish-red
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Elevation Range 3500-5000 ft.
Description Our native mulberry is a large shrub to small tree with 3-lobed, arrowhead shaped leaves. Plants have either pollen or fruit bearing flowers so multiple individuals are needed for fruit production. A single mature plant can yield a large quantity of fruit, and staminate native mulberries can also be used to pollinate pistillate European mulberries. These plants generally occur along waterways so reliable watering is essential to the success of this species in landscapes. Try planting in a basin with native gramas grasses and line the basin edge with salvias (Salvia spp.), desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), and agave (Agave spp.)