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Osage Orange

Maclura pomifera
What most people notice first about this densely branched, short-trunked, thorny tree are the weird, softball-sized, chartreuse, brainlike fruits, which often lie beneath the tree in abundance in autumn.

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Red Mulberry

Morus rubra
Red mulberry is native to Missouri and North America. You may be wondering how it differs from the introduced white mulberry tree, which is considered a noxious weed. You can begin to tell them apart by examining the leaves and the fruits.

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Red Mulberry

Red mulberry is native to Missouri and North America. It is a medium-sized tree with a short trunk and a broad, rounded crown. It bears edible fruit.

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Red Mulberry Bark

The bark of red mulberry is thin, dark brown to gray with an orange tint, with shallow grooves and narrow, tight ridges, sometimes with loose scales.

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Red Mulberry Fruit

The fruits of red mulberry trees come on in June–August. They are blackberry-like, cylindrical, and ¾–1¼ inches long. The juicy, edible fruits of mulberries can be obnoxiously messy, but many people prize them for use in jams, jellies, pies, drinks or just eating fresh.

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Red Mulberry Leaves

Red mulberry leaves are alternate, simple, 4–8 inches long, and usually lack lobes, though some leaves have 1–3 lobes. The teeth are dense and the tip pointed. Three main veins arise from the base. The undersurface is hairy, paler than above. It bleeds milky sap. The leaf stalk is hairy.

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White Mulberry

Morus alba
White mulberry, an Asian species, was introduced by early settlers, who cultivated it for its berries and as fodder for an attempted silkworm industry. Birds have helped spread the white mulberry so much that in many places it is more common than our native red mulberry.

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