If plants could have inferiority complexes, mulberry probably would. Mulberries are often ignored or detested because the fruit can leave a mess on sidewalks, or droppings from birds who consume the fruits may stain laundry on clotheslines. But wildlife and some people appreciate this undervalued fruit.
The fruit is delicious and deserves to be planted more widely. Most references to mulberry recommend it as a plant for attracting wildlife, so even if you don’t relish the fruits, consider planting a mulberry tree for wildlife. Berries are chiefly eaten by birds, and it’s not uncommon for a flock of birds to strip a tree in a few hours. However, mammals such as squirrels, opossums and raccoons also relish these sweet berries. Mulberry trees were once planted widely as a farmyard tree to provide supplemental feed for chickens and hogs.
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