|Broussonetia papyrifera is a medium large deciduous tree, to 25 feet tall, with equal spread. Growth habit is wide-spreading, forming a rounded broad crown. Can sucker from base and become weedy if not pruned, very fast growing. Mature bark develops a furrowed and ridged appearance, gray brown. Foliage is dull green, yellow green in the fall. Inconspicuous male catkins and small spherical female flowers appear in mid to late spring. Fall yields a red drupe, 3/4" wide. Very tolerant of grimy urban conditions, heat and drought, a tough tree. Subject to canker, die back, root knot nematode and leaf spot. A decent shade tree in the city. Native to China and Japan.