Broussonetia papyrifera, Morus papyrifera, Paper Mulberry. Male flowers
Male flowers

Broussonetia papyrifera, Morus papyrifera

Paper Mulberry
Family: Moraceae
Origin: E. Asia, China
USDA Zone: 6-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Broussonetia papyrifera (Paper Mulberry) is a large shrub or small tree, reaching heights of up to 5-10 feet tall. It is native to East Asia and China, and the bark and leaves have been traditionally used for making paper and tapa cloth. It prefers semi-shaded positions and moderate water. It is cultivated for its ornamental foliage and bright, crimson flowers which bloom from late spring to early summer. It is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.

For people in colder regions, Broussonetia papyrifera can be grown outdoors in containers, allowing it to be moved indoors during extreme winter temperatures. Planting in a pot that is slightly larger than the root ball, and adding a well-draining growing medium such as perlite or sand will help prevent root rot. It should be watered regularly, and during winter season, when the temperatures drop to below freezing, it is best to move the pot in a protected area.

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