Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More Mulberry Mysteries

I think that I am more confused now than when I started! The more time and effort I spend trying to identify and differentiate the mulberry trees, the more discombobulated I become! At this point I am not confident as to which mulberry is which, and whether there is any difference between them at all!

I am relatively confident that we are at least dealing with either red, black, or hybrid mulberries. Apart from that, I cannot say anything with any great certainty. However, my reading indicates that misidentification among mulberries is common, so I suppose that makes me feel a little better!

Whatever species it might be, this mulberry tree grows down field near the old silo. All the berries are now gone (these images are from June). The deer really like this tree, and usually take about 10-20 minutes under it in the mornings and the evenings.

After spooking the ones which you can (sort of) see in second image, I crept up and took my turn under the tree. Looking out from that shady, peaceful spot, I think I can see why they like it so much!

I have not given up my attempts to identify these trees, but the prospects are not promising. I am open to any suggestions you might have to offer on the subject! Next up will be another mulberry tree growing near by with some slightly different features!


  1. Good Luck with that! ;-) I am hopeless with identifying trees and plants. While I was in Tanzania it always amazed me that my trekking guide knew so much about all the different types of fauna.

  2. Greetings Crystal - it's great to see you back stateside. I'm still such a novice when it comes to plant identification that I try to be careful about being to certain when I'm not.

    When I visited Belize, I too was pleasantly impressed by the botanical knowledge of those I met. It encouraged me to devote more attention to knowing a broader spectrum of plants beyond the ones in my backyard; that way, if my Belizean friends should ever visit me here, I'll be able to share my knowledge of the flora as well!

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!


  3. What a breathe of fresh air to see green trees!

    Living in California now is one of dryness and I forgot how beautiful green was.

    Enjoy your journey.

  4. Howdy Barbara! I have yet to live in Callie, and I think that anything remotely close to desert living would take some serious getting used to for this Northwest Native. If I were to live in So. Cal, I think that a succulent garden would be at the top of my list!!

    Safe travels to you,


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