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In 2019 Randy discovered a tree never before seen on earth. This tree, located in Moss-Wright Park near Mansker Creek in the city of Goodlettsville, Sumner County, TN seems to be a new species or at least a distinct hybrid of Mulberry.
In 2019 Randy discovered a tree never before seen on earth. This tree, located in Moss-Wright Park near Mansker Creek in the city of Goodlettsville, Sumner County, TN seems to be a new species or at least a distinct hybrid of Mulberry. Per Randy’s 50+ years experience studying mulberries, he is convinced this tree is most likely a mutation of White Mulberry. The buds, twigs, and flowers are similar, yet the leaf shape, leaf darkness, and branch pattern are quite unique and different.
I've put it out there on websites and talked to many experts that I found on the internet, and nobody has shown me a "mature" tree like it.
Now of course anyone who is familiar with White Mulberry, is aware of its propensity toward leaf diversity in its "juvenile" trees.
BUT, this tree Randy discovered :
1) Is NOT a small or juvenile tree, yet is of significant dimensions (45’ tall and 16” diameter.
2) IS clothed with 90% of one shape leaf, unlike typical diversity which includes a great percent of multiple shaped leaves.
In 2019 before Covid 19 Corona Virus hit, Randy had given cuttings to the National Arboretum Research Station in McMinnville, TN, and also given leaf samples and flower samples to Geneticist Dr. Lisa Alexander. Soon after, the research station pretty much closes down because of the virus. Sadly, as of Jan. 2021 we are not sure of the status of their findings.
Randy continues to try cuttings and grafts at his own arboretum, in hopes to propagate at least one other of these trees on this earth. Randy also hopes that some day, before his own life ends, this tree will be recognized and certified as a new species, or hybrid.