99. Morus alba – Weeping Mulberry ‘Pendula’
Scientific Name: Morus alba ‘Pendula’
Nativity: Northern China
The weeping mulberry is the dwarf, weeping cultivation of a white mulberry created for ornamental purposes. The white mulberry was brought to the United States during colonial times in an effort to establish a silk industry, as it is the primary food source for silkworms in China. However, the industry fizzled out in the United States and since then white mulberries have become naturalized in much of the US. today, powdered leaves are used in dietary supplements to help with diabetes, high cholesterol, and cold-like ailments. In Asian countries, the root bark has been used traditionally against bacteria associated with food poisoning. Leaf extracts are also a potent antivenom for Russell’s viper snake bites.
DBH: 20.5 inches