|A small tree to 40’ tall with vertically ridged brown bark. The alternate, stalked, blunt-toothed leaves are either simple and ovate or palmately lobed. The male flowers are in clusters of chaffy, stalked, 1” x ¼” catkins. The tiny green female flowers are crowded in shorter oval catkins. The edible ½-¾” white or purplish fruit is an oval cluster of tiny, round, fleshy, 1-seeded berries. Flowers May; fruits June-August.
Introduced from China in a failed effort to start a silkworm industry in southern USA.