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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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Mulberry Trees – 15 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

There are two mulberry trees adjacent to our house: a white one of the species Morus alba on one side, and a red one of the species Morus rubra on the other side. We did not plant these trees – they were here when we bought this piece of land years ago. This year these trees, which represent the two common species, are loaded with berries which will ripen in a few days. I don’t know which is tastier – the fruit of the “white” mulberry tree, which is really slightly lavender to pink in color, or the fruit of the “red” mulberry tree, which, when ripe, is deep red to black in color. Both are sweet, but the white berries are somewhat juicier.

From the literature I’ve seen about mulberry trees, botanically the fruit is not considered a berry. Some people consider them a nuisance because they claim that the fallen berries stain their walkways and lawns. Where ours are growing, we don’t have that problem; and besides, even if we did, I love eating the mulberry fruits too much to ever get rid of these trees!

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