17 May 2011

Broussonetia papyrifera, The Paper Mulberry

The Paper Mulberry Broussonetia papyrifera has just come into bloom along the south wall of the the Holkham Walled Garden. It has fascinating flowers in a beautiful shade of mauve.
It is a deciduous tree growing to 15 metres (49ft) tall in the family Moraceae and a native of eastern Asia. It is known as the Paper Mulberry because it is related to the Mulberry Tree and the bark is composed of very strong fibres used for making high quality paper and a cloth called tapa cloth.

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