76. Paper Mulberry

Paper Mulberry is an Asian tree somewhat naturalized in the southern U.S. It is not a true mulberry but is related. The inner bark is used in Japan and in the South Pacific to make paper and tapa cloth. It can be invasive and usually spreads by root sprouts as seed producing female plants seem to be rare. Originally it may have been mistakenly introduced into the U.S. as the food plant of silk worms.