|Common name:||Himalayan Mulberry||Family:||Moraceae|
|Author:||Roxb.||Botanical references:||51, 266|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||E. Asia – Himalayas from Pakistan to C. Nepal.|
|Habitat:||Forests and shrubberies, 1200 – 2700 metres
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||2||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||1|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|serra = toothed; serrata = saw toothed;|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Urticales. Mulberry family|
A decidious tree growing to 20m. . The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). The plant not is self-fertile. We rate it 2/5 for edibility and 1/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Woodland, Secondary, Sunny Edge.
Fruit – raw
The juice of the root is used as an anthelmintic
Wood – moderately hard, fine grained. It is highly valued for furniture, agricultural implements etc
We do not have much information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in much of the country. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required. Cultivated for its edible fruit in Kunawar
The seed germinates best if given 2 – 3 months cold stratification