birdandhike.com logo
Home | Vegetation | Plants Index | Trees
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Trees Around Las Vegas, Vegetation Around Las Vegas
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry at Corn Creek

General: White Mulberry (Morus alba) is a fast-growing deciduous tree that is native to China, but is widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized in the US. The species grows to some 60-ft tall, has large, green, sometimes dissected leaves, and produced huge amounts of pollen and fruit. Because of pollen allergies, the tree is considered a pest in some areas (not legal to plant in Las Vegas), but the fruit is relished by desert and migrant birds. Even normally insectivorous birds (e.g., Western Kingbird) feast on the fruits during spring migration.

On young trees, the leaves are long and deeply lobed, but on older trees, the leaves tend to be shorter and unlobed with serrate margins.

The flowers are borne in male and female catkins, usually on separate trees. Fruits look like 1-inch long blackberries; starting white and maturing to purple and black.

White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Ripening White Mulberry fruit

Family: Mulberry or Fig (Moraceae)

White Mulberry is an uncommon common component of vegetation communities in wet areas such as Corn Creek in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone.

Around Las Vegas, look for White Mulberry at Corn Creek and in urban parks such as Sunset Park.

White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry at Sunset Park
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry at Corn Creek
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on older tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on older tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on older tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on younger tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on younger tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on younger tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on young tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry leaves on younger tree
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry unripe fruit
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry unripe fruit
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry ripening fruit
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry ripening fruit
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Black-headed Grosbeak eating mulberry fruits
more to come ...

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 120906

All Trees Plant Species Index Glossary Copyright, Conditions, Disclaimer Home

 

Google Ads