Texas mulberry Moraceae Morus microphylla
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous to tardily deciduous, orbicular or cordate, to 2 1/2 inches long with a coarsely serrate (or toothed) margin, either 3-lobed or unlobed, green above and paler below, scabrous on both surfaces.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small, green catkins, male flowers narrow, 3/4 inch long; female flowers plump, 1/4 inch long, spring.
Fruit:Round and blackberry-like, 1/2 inch, fleshy multiple of drupes, red to purple, maturing in early to mid-summer, sour but edible.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, gray-brown, pubescent, buds reddish brown with numerous scales and pointed, leaf scar sunken oval with bundle scars in a ring.
Bark:Initially smooth and gray, becoming warty then scaly.
Form:A small tree or large shrub to 25 feet tall and of equal spread.