Paper Mulberry, is a small to medium sized deciduous tree native to temperate Eastern Asia and Polynesia. In the Orient, the inner bark is used for making paper, and in Polynesia, it is used for making tapa cloth. Leaves are ovate, 8 inches (20 cm) long, and are either unlobed or variably deeply lobed. They are olive-green, rough above, and velvety pubescent and grayish below.
In the spring, the trees bloom with female flowers forming globose heads and the male flowers in drooping catkins. The fruit is a small syncarp composed of orange-red drupelets.
Broussonetia papyrifera need full sun to partial shade with a rich soil mix.
Genus - Broussonetia
Species - Papyrifera
Common name - Paper Mulberry
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 8 - 10
Height - 15 - 29' / 5 - 9 m
Spread - 15 - 29' / 5 - 9 m
Plant type - Small Shruby Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, can grow in nutritionally poor soil.
Water requirements - Average Water
Bloom season - Late winter
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
No pre-treatment is required.
Sown in the spring in a greenhouse or pots inside 1-2 m (1/16") deep, tamp the soil, keep moist.
Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at +15C.
When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
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