This native of northern China was introduced in colonial times as a food source for
silkworms. Although the silk industry did not succeed, the non-native tree thrived
and has since spread throughout almost the entire U. S. It aggressively colonizes
open areas, displacing native species, and is considered invasive in many states.
Tags: American Wild Plum (Prunus americana), Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica), Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Hybridizes with native Red Mulberry and threatens to replace it, Aggressively invades natural areas such as fields, roadsides, and forests, Tolerates a wide variety of conditions, Fruit widely distributed by birds and other wildlife, Has messy fruit that stains and results in bird droppings, Fruit not edible by humans, Medium-size tree with interesting foliage and fruit