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- Broussonetia papyrifera
Common name: Paper mulberry, tapa cloth tree
Broussonetia papyrifera is native to Asia and has been cultivated for centuries to make barkcloth, a rough fibrous textile, as are the other three members of the genus. It is in the same family, Moraceae, as the edible mulberry, Morus nigra. Once classified as Morus, it was moved into the genus Broussonetia, named after an early French botanist, Pierre Auguste Marie Broussonet.
It has dark red flowers followed by edible (but bland) orange berries.
More infomation about this tree and tapa cloth.
Bark photo by Hughie Jones
Label & leaves photos by Tresa Horney
Flower photo by Vojtěch Zavadil, via Wikimedia Commons
Berry photo by Uncle Carl’ (カールおじさん), via Wikimedia Commons