Broussonetia papyrifera at Bute Park

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Broussonetia papyrifera
late September 2022

Grid reference ST 17671 76743
Common name Paper mulberry
Origin East Asia
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Not tagged  
Missing old tag 75
Height  
Girth 79cm September 2022
Reference 868

This tree is in the Riverside border, close to the River Taff bank, 91M south of the Summerhouse Cafe.

Broussonetia papyrifera bark1

Broussonetia papyrifera bark
late September 2022

Broussonetia papyrifera bark2

Broussonetia papyrifera bark
late September 2022

Broussonetia papyrifera leaf1

Broussonetia papyrifera leaves
late September 2022

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit1

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit
late September 2022

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit2

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit
late September 2022

General tree description

Broussonetia papyrifera is a small tree, up to 15 metres tall. Its leaves have a rough, hairy texture. They are about 15 cm long and toothed at the margins, dark green above and paler and woolly underneath. The leaf shape is variable, with lobed and unlobed leaves being present, even on the same shoot. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees. Male plants bear catkins, while the female has spherical greenish flowers. These appear in late spring or early summer and are followed by round or pear-shaped orange-red fruits.