paper mulberry Moraceae Broussonetia papyrifera
Leaf:Alternate, sometimes opposite, simple, oval to heart shaped, 3 to 8 inches long, serrated margin, on fast growing shoots the leaves may develop deep, irregular sinuses, upper surface quite rough, velvety beneath, milky sap exudes from petioles.
Flower:Species is dioecious; males elongated, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long and occur in groups, females are round, 1/2 inches in diameter, initially both are pale and dull green, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Round, 3/4 inch in diameter, an aggregate of red drupes.
Twig:Moderately stout, light reddish brown and quite fuzzy, buds are conical, leaf scars round, prominent stipule scars.
Bark:Greenish gray when young, developing shallow furrows with age and turning grayish brown, old trees become gnarly.
Form:Small tree reaching 40 feet, round crown, sprouts readily from roots so it often forms thickets.