Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Red Mulberry - St George

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Common Name Red Mulberry
Species Morus rubra
Address SE Corner of 200 North 100 West, St. George
City St. George
Year Planted 1870's
Height 60 Feet
Spread
Circumference 118 Inches
DBH Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is the standard forestry measurement of the tree's trunk diameter at 4.5 ft from the base.
Name of Nominator Ron Larsen
Date Rated 2003-05-30
Ownership Private: LDS Church
Story

This is one of the few remaining Mulberry trees that Brigham Young had shipped to the St. George area, in the 1870's for the purpose of raising silk worms. There were originally two thousand trees which provided feed for the silk worms. Each cocoon would yield approximately two miles of silk thread.

Considerable effort has been put into the preservation of this tree. When the forks split, rods were installed to limit the split and efforts were made to reduce the deterioration of the wood.

Author Ron Larsen