En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
2 ratings

Monday - November 22, 2010

From: Woodlands, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Looking for a native mulberry tree for Woodlands, TX.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

Does a truly "native" mulberry tree exist and where can one get such a tree. So many I've seen are "white" or "chinese" and were imported for a never-to-happen silk industry. I'd like to purchase several for migrating birds, but would like to plant native.

ANSWER:

There are two mulberry tree species that are native to the United States. One is Morus microphylla (Littleleaf mulberry) whose distribution is restricted to Texas, Okalahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. The more widespread species is Morus rubra (Red mulberry). This Plants Profile page from the USDA has a distribution map that shows its range from Texas eastward to the Atlantic coast and northward into Canada. If you click on the Texas map you can see that it occurs in several of the counties adjacent to Montgomery County.

The links below will give more information about the red Mulberry

US Forest Service  General information about the Red Mulberry.

California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. General Information plus descriptions of cultivars.

Vanderbilt University   Images of the major features of the tree.

To locate red mulberry trees for sale, go to our Suppliers Directory and type in the name of your town (Woodlands doesn't work, but Houston does). You will get a list of nearby businesses in the area that sell native plants along with contact information.

 

 

 

More Trees Questions

Need a drought resistant, maintenance free tree in Thomasville, GA.
April 20, 2012 - I have been through many tree forums and asked several nurseries about a good tree to plant but nobody has provided an adequate answer and I hope you can help. I live in SW Georgia (Zone 8) and need ...
view the full question and answer

Need a shade tree for front yard in Fredricksburg, TX.
July 16, 2012 - I live in Fredericksburg, Tx. I have a large front yard, but only one huge pecan tree in the front yard that is probably 18 years old. It shades half the yard. I want to plant another shade tree for t...
view the full question and answer

Leaves dropping from a potted Mesquite
August 11, 2014 - I have a Prosopis pubescens (Screwbean Mesquite) that I purchased at a nursery in Alpine, TX just a few miles away from me. It was a in nursery style black plastic container. The mesquite is perhaps a...
view the full question and answer

Transplanting non-native crape myrtle in Scottsdale AZ
May 11, 2014 - When is the best time to transplant dwarf crape myrtle in Scottsdale AZ?
view the full question and answer

Plants for shade under pine trees in Grapevine TX
May 16, 2010 - What plants are good to put under pine trees in the shade? I live in the Dallas Fort Worth area? The previous owners stuck a Japanese Maple in there that seems to be ok and some sort of holly bush (n...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center