The Mulberry Tree.

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A large and irregular growing tree, common in our gardens. The branches are numerous and spreading; the leaves are very beautiful, large, broad, of a bright green, pointed at the end, and delicately serrated round the edges. The flowers are small, and inconsiderable: the fruit is sufficiently known; it is large, oblong, juicy, and composed of a great number of small granules: it is usually black when ripe. But there is a kind with white fruit.

The bark of the root of the mulberry tree fresh taken off and boiled in water, makes an excellent decoction against the jaundice; it opens obstructions of the liver, and works by urine. A very pleasant syrup is made from the juice of the ripe fruit, with twice the quantity of sugar. It is cooling, and is good for sore mouths, and to quench thirst in fevers.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.