Covid has kept us away from our lovely Sussurrata. Our little family of plants has felt our absence. Some old friends have died while we were away. But then there are the unexpected new entries. Such as that of a very sauvage looking tree now growing in the pot that once was the home of a fragile lemon tree.
I have a habit of throwing seeds into pots (it seems such a waste to trash them) and in this way I’ve started two peach trees, one lemon tree, and numerous avocados. It’s possible that I threw berry seeds into the pot where the suspected mulberry is growing.
If it is a mulberry tree, I doubt that I will be seeing any fruit from it any time soon. However, I’ve read that the leaves are highly nutritious (as they contain polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium).
In Asia, mulberry leaves are not only used to feed silkworms but to make tea, too. I’d like to try making the tea but want to make sure my new little tree is indeed a mulberry. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.