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Paper Mulberry – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month

Paper Mulberry

Broussonetia papyrifera

This category 2 invasive species is a tree that is used extensively in the ornamental industry. Native to Japan and Taiwan, paper mulberry was introduced as a fast growing shade tree. This plant is found across the US east coast and as far west as Texas. Often you will find paper mulberry reaching out of forest or field edges and along the roadside. Native vegetation is out-competed by paper mulberry as the growth is simply to vigorous and other plants are shaded out.

Paper Mulberry can reach heights upwards of 30 feet and have highly variable leaves. Some leaves can be as small as 3 inches while others reaching lengths of 10+ inches. The underside of leaves found on the plant are covered in soft, pubescent hairs. Paper Mulberry can be spread with seeds (especially with the help of wildlife consuming fruit) or vegetatively by the roots, this allows it to form dense thickets.

Control Methods

Chemicals should be applied prior to seed set. Application of the herbicide triclopyr ester (15%-30%) to the bark has been successful. Larger trees may require multiple treatments. A cut stem treatment with 50% triclopyr amine is another chemical option. Foliar applications of glyphosate (1-3%) or triclopyr (2-4%) will be effective on smaller trees where thorough coverage can be obtained. Be sure to use a surfactant (0.25%) with triclopyr.

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Wild Weeds is a monthly spotlight written by Alicia Halbritter, Baker County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Wild Weeds highlights plants you may find in Florida on the roadside, while hiking, in the forest, or possibly even in your yard. Searching for more information on a particular plant? Email Alicia at aliciah1221@ufl.edu for more information/questions.

2 Comments on “Paper Mulberry – Wild Weeds

  1. I am a member of Baker Interfaith Friends. We have been visiting detainees at Baker Jail until the virus interfered. One of the comments we always hear is that there are never fresh fruits or vegetables available. We met with one of the jail staff and were told that no fruit or vegetables grow in Baker County because the soil is so poor. We felt that buying fresh food locally would help the grower and the detainees at the jail. Living in Gainesville, I am very much aware of IFAS and their knowledge and assistance. Can you recommend growers who do produce fresh food in quantity that could be sold to Baker County Jail.
    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hi Gladys,

      Traditionally we do not have many crops available for sale in Baker County, especially in large quantities. However, we do have a few commercial size producers such as Hodges Produce and Double Blake Farms. There are a few others that sell local fruits/vegetables but I am not sure on the amount they would be able to supply regularly. I recommend having the jail reach out to the Extension office if they would like to be put in contact with our local producers.

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