Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Morus alba 'Platanifolia'
White mulberry (large-leaved form)

Tag 311
54 deg 34.927N
5 deg 55.942W

This young mulberry is a large-leaved variety of white mulberry. The shiny leaves distinguish it from both the common or black mulberry (Morus nigra) and the red mulberry (Morus rubra). The white mulberry is the traditional food plant of the silkworm catapilar and was brought to Britain from China about 400 years ago. The white mulberry is a fast growing small tree. The fruit is edible but rather bland. There is a detailed description with some medical information in the Wikipedia article.

Morus alba 'Platanifolia' in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Morus alba leaves

Young white mulberry in Belfast Botanic Gardens White mulberry leaf

Morus alba fruit

Morus alba fruit

Fruit of white mulberry Fruit and leaf stalk of white mulberry

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2011. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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