Broussonetia papyrifera at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Broussonetia papyrifera
early May 2015

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Broussonetia papyrifera
early July 2015

Grid reference ST 18521 79161
Common name Paper mulberry
Origin East Asia
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 9M May 2015
Girth 84cm @ 0.5M May 2015
Reference 004

This tree is on the west of the brook. It is approximately 30 metres south of the first bridge below the Promenade, on the west side of the path.

Broussonetia papyrifera bark

Broussonetia papyrifera bark
May 2015

Broussonetia papyrifera foliage

Broussonetia papyrifera foliage
late May 2015

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit

Broussonetia papyrifera fruit
mid August 2015

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.