OUR MISSION: As our climate changes, ACER supports communities with grassroots initiatives to plant trees, and educates on how to measure, monitor and report on tree health and growth.

Trees: Red Mulberry

Latin name: Morus rubra

Red Mulberry Tree











General description: is a small, understory tree that usually reaches heights of only about 30 feet. In Ontario, it grows in moist, deciduous forest habitats such as valleys, floodplains and sand spits in the Carolinian Forest Zone. 

Bark: flaky, reddish dark brown bark; tends to be flaky.

Leaves: heart-shaped; about 4 inches long; coarsely toothed leaves that may be either simple or lobed.

Red mulberry leaves 2









Twigs: Light-coloured, have a sweetish taste, release a milky juice when cut.

Fruit: The fruit is juicy and edible, and resembles a blackberry.

Sources used: Native Trees of Canada by R.C. Hosie (1973); The Forest Trees of Ontario by J. H. White revised by R. C. Hosie (1980).