This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
" M. C," Atlanta, Ga., writes: "We mail to you a box containing a "nondescript" a party in Middle Georgia sends us for a mulberry. It is unlike anything we have ever seen. Is it not an abnormal condition rather than a natural growth?"
[This is the fruit of the paper mulberry - Broussonetia papyrifera - the tree from which the Chinese make much of their paper, and the fruit of which is rarely seen in this country. It is the general impression that the trees introduced into this country were male, and the increase has been by root cuttings from these original trees. If, now, some of their descendants have taken to bearing fruit, it will add another instance to a list by no means short, that plants can, at times, change their sexual characters independently of seed. - Ed. G. M].