Part journal, part ID guide, and part sketchbook.
Mostly mushrooms, some birds, a few moths, and plenty of other natural history topics.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
White Mulberry Trees
I've taken an interest in White Mulberry, Morusalba trees this fall. What interests me the most is how variable the leaves are; shapes that can remind me of hearts, mittens, Y-wing Fighters, or a fleur de lis amongst others. It's usually a weedy tree in Minnesota, but White Mulberry is a tree with a rich history. It's leaves sustain silkworms, which are caterpillars of the silk moth Bombyxmori, and whose cocoons provide the raw material to make silk. The tree was brought to the United States in an attempt to start a domestic silk industry, which never thrived. But the White Mulberry tree did thrive and can be found throughout the eastern U.S., sometimes planted, but more often than not sprouting up in a sunny spots wherever a bird or other animal has dropped a seed.
Below a series of captioned sketches about White Mulberries.