Primarily used as a rootstock for grafting named varieties of female mulberries for fruit production, or for wildlife plantings. Russian Mulberry Seedlings will be either male or female, with females producing fruit that is typically smaller and less flavorful than from grafted varieties, with a longer interval until bearing age compared to grafted female varieties.
Originally cultivated by the Chinese for silkworm production about 2800 B.C. , it has naturalized throughout North America. Fruit can be white, red or black. Half on average will be fruitful, half will be nonfruiting males.