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Mulberry Morus alba

FAMILY: MORACEAE (Mulberry Family)

Mulberry trees can be either fruiting or fruitless. Most gardeners prefer the fruitless variety, as the mulberry's tiny fruits make a mess when they drop from the tree. The fruit of a mulberry resembles a blackberry, but each plump section comes from a different female flower. Each section is actually a whole fruit on its own and contains a single seed. Here at the San Diego Zoo and theSafari Park, our mulberry trees are grown not for the fruit but for the leaves: a favorite browse item for many of our primates and hoofed animals.

Mulberries are prominent throughout recorded human history because they were used as a source of paper, bark cloth, and some of the earliest known cultivated fruits.