Trees by Genus

Genus 'Broussonetia'

Broussonetia papyrifera

Broussonetia papyrifera (Paper Mulberry)

Broussonetia papyrifera

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.

Foliage

Leaves are rough and woolly. Compare with the true mulberries (Morus).

Uses

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

Broussonetia papyrifera

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.

Fruits

Broussonetia papyrifera

Fruit about 2.5cm across falls in October.