The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Black Mulberry Morus nigra

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A broad-crowned small deciduous tree with heart-shaped dark green leaves to 12cm in length, turning yellow in autumn. Flowers insignificant, greenish; fruits 2cm in length, dark purplish-red, edible. Mulberry is the food of the silkworm but there are two species and it is the White Mulberry that the silkworms eat and not the Black. It is well known that King James 1 wanted to wrest the production of silk from the French and imported ten thousand mulberries to feed the silkworms on. Unfortunately he imported Black instead of White!

Location: two in the Memorial Garden; square K11; compartment 24B; tags 0042 and 0049.