[NAFEX] Mulberry ID,winter buds
griffingardens at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 15 11:02:37 EST 2005
Argh! the USDA plant database shows rubra with shiny leaves, the opposite
of the VT site listed below.
It does seem that alba is the big problem rather than rubra. Maybe nigra is
the best answer - hardy to zone 6 only. There are plenty of red cedars in
old fields around here already and a lot of the farmers and fathers-in-law
are pretty good shots.
I'll gather a few buds next trip to town.
> [Original Message]
> From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 2/15/05 8:48:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Mulberry ID,winter buds
> At 08:53 AM 2/15/2005 -0500, you wrote:
> > This time a year the size of the buds are a good indicator. Rubra
> >5-7mm long.Alba are 2-4mm long.
> Here's a couple of ID pages
> M.rubra - http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/mrubra.htm
> Can't readily find one that has good photos of M.alba to allow
> differentiation from M.rubra - particularly with respect to bud
> though I did run across some with misinformation - particularly regarding
> fruit color.
> Leaf morphology is usually pretty reliable - M.alba leaves are
> glossy/shiny, whereas M.rubra leaves are rough/sandpapery.
> In town here, M.alba is everywhere - in roadside ditches, fencelines,
> cracks in the pavement, etc., but once you get out into the country,
> M.rubra is more evident - mostly along roadsides and wood's edges, but
> scattered throughout the woods; nowhere is it exceptionally common, and
> would be a major stretch to classify M.rubra as 'invasive'.
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