Red mulberry is a native woodland tree often reaching 40 to 60 feet tall. The dark green leaves turn a golden yellow and often remain late into autumn. Mulberry can have lobed and un-lobed leaves on the same plant- see picture. The deep purple fruits of the female tree are sweet and relished by wildlife but can be quite messy.
Native Americans used the fruits fresh and for beverages, breads and cakes, dumplings and preserves, and mixed dried fruits with animal fat for pemmican. Red mulberry fruits have long been used in Appalachia for raw fruit, pies, jams, juice and wine.
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