Broussonetia papyrifera (Paper Mulberry)
Native: China, Japan
Location: Now widely cultivated in the east. Planted as an ornamental tree in east Asia, Europe and eastern N. America, where it can also be found growing wild.
Often a rounded shrub.
Leaves are rough and woolly. Compare with the true mulberries (Morus).
Bark is used in papermaking. A fibre is also yielded and woven into a fine cloth, which Captain Cook saw being worn by principal inhabitants of Otaheite.
Flowers open in June, male and female on separate trees. Male catkins are 3.7-7.5cm long, furry and often curled. Females are spherical, about 1.2cm across.
Fruit about 2.5cm across falls in October.