The Morus alba is a tree that can typically reach a height of 10 to 15 meters. The leaves are large, ranging from heart-shaped to lobed, and have a characteristic bright green color.
The fruits of Morus alba are small, elongated, and white to light pink in color, and are, of course, edible. They have a delightful sweet taste and are rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and K. Often, the fruits of Morus alba are used in desserts, jams, and juices.
The leaves of Morus alba serve many important purposes. In some cultures, these leaves are used to brew tea. This tea is believed to improve overall health and lower blood sugar levels. Additionally, Morus alba plays a significant role in silk production. Silkworms feed on the leaves of this tree before spinning silk threads to make their cocoons. These cocoons are then harvested and processed to produce silk.
The plant thrives best in a sunny location with well-draining soil. When planting Morus alba, make sure to choose a location with sufficient space to grow. Regular watering is important, especially during dry periods and the growing season in spring and summer. In spring, provide the tree with a balanced fertilizer to promote growth and fruiting. If you wish to harvest the fruits, do so when they are ripe. The fruits change from white to pink to purple.
In areas with harsh winters, it may be necessary to protect young trees from frost. You can do this, for instance, by using a protective layer of mulch around the roots and considering the use of frost protection cloth