Adress
Botanical Garden Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode
GPS coordinates :
50.8544 , 4.3643
Botanical Walk

Identity

Latin name :
Morus alba
French name :
Mûrier blanc
Dutch name :
Witte moerbei
English name :
Family :
Moraceae
Height :
-
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 15 m
Diameter of the crown :
-
Trunk circumference :
-
Expected circumference :
200 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 400–500 years
Origin / Indigenous
Favorite soil :
Favorite climate

Features and characters of the individual

This white mulberry tree calls back to a chapter in the Botanic Garden’s history: as part of a major production site for raw silk between 1830 and 1870. Silkworms used to be raised here and kilos of mulberry leaves were delivered every day to feed them, in the hope that they would produce more of the precious fibre. The leaves came from the magnanery in Uccle/Forest, which was a white mulberry growing farm, but also from all-over Brussels. During this period, the bourgeoisie planted white mulberry trees everywhere in the city – in parks, gardens, cemeteries – in order to feed silkworms. However, it is hard to grow mulberry trees in Belgium and the cost of production turned out to be far too high. In the end, they had to face the facts: producing raw silk in Brussels was a utopian pipe dream.

Photo: © Priscille Cazin - Zerolutions / 32shoot asbl
Photo: © Priscille Cazin - Zerolutions / 32shoot asbl
Photo: © Priscille Cazin - Zerolutions / 32shoot asbl
Photo: © Priscille Cazin - Zerolutions / 32shoot asbl