|'Laciniata' is a spreading tree, reaching 30 to 50 feet high. Bright green leaves are oval to heart-shaped, approximately 8 inches long, and turn yellow in Autumn. It bears white fruit, to 1 inch long, ripening to pink and red in late summer.
The highly interwoven twiggy branches can give it an untidy appearance. It is fast growing, often seen in abandoned areas. Bark is a light orange-brown. The early spring flowers are not showy; small greenish catkins 1/2 inches long on the females, the males slightly longer. The mulberries are quite sweet, and birds love them.
Withstands drought, salt, but prefers a well drained moist soil. Subject to a variety of diseases, often infested with many pests in the southern U.S. Native to China, it was originally imported for the silkworm industry, it has now escaped and naturalized in many areas. Several cultivated varieties are available with superior traits.