This tree has alternate, simple, often lobed leaves with rough
surfaces. Its fruits are blue or black and many seeded.
Habitat and Distribution
Mulberry trees are found in forests, along roadsides, and
in abandoned fields in Temperate and Tropical Zones of North
America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The fruit is edible raw or cooked. It can be dried for eating
When eaten in quantity, mulberry fruit acts as a laxative.
Green, unripe fruit can be hallucinogenic and cause extreme nausea
You can shred the inner bark of the tree and use it to make
twine or cord.
In the past mulberries have been used as a dye for clothing.
In fact, if you eat many, your fingers may be stained purple
for days. The effect on your clothes is more permanent.
For the record, after me and a couple friends ate our fill
of the green berries, we did not get nauseous, nor did we have
hallucinations. I included the warning above because it came
from the U.S. Army survival manual, but it must take a very large
quantity to poison oneself.
Mulberry is one of the more delicious berries available, and
the trees/bushes can be found in many parts of the United States
(although I see them in cities far more often than in the wild).
But the fruit is very delicate, so don't bother trying to save
the berries for later. Just eat them fresh off the tree.