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Difference Between Blackberry and Mulberry

mulberryBlackberry vs Mulberry

Blackberry and mulberry almost resemble each other. They are very small fruits and no one really differentiates the two. But the two are very much different in many ways.

Mulberry is a deciduous tree, which is native to Asia, Europe and Africa. On the other hand, Blackberry is a perennial plant, which is seen in South American and temperate Northern hemisphere. While Mulberries belong to morus genus, moraceae family, the Blackberries belong to rubus genus and rosaceae family.

Well, Mulberries are not considered genuine berries though they are said so. On the other hand, Blackberries are considered to be genuine berries.

Another difference that is seen is that blackberry fruits grow on bushes and mulberry fruits in trees. The mulberry trees do not have thorns but on the other hand the blackberry bushes have thorns.

Coming to the fruits, the blackberry and mulberry are different in their shape and taste. Mulberries are larger than blackberries and have almost an oval shape. On the contrary, blackberries are almost round. When the blackberry fruits come in very dark purple to black color, a mulberry fruit comes in red to dark purple colors.

Both the mulberry and blackberry have nutritional qualities. The two berries are rich in fibers, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. They are also both rich in antioxidants and low in fats, sodium and cholesterol.

Another difference that can be seen is that mulberry fruits stain. Unlike the blackberry fruits, the color of the mulberry fruits spread over the skin, mouth and clothes when comes in contact.

It is in the mulberry leaves that the silk worms are grown. But the blackberry leaves can only be food to certain grazing mammals.

When picking up mulberries, it comes with the stem. But blackberries do not come with the stem.


1. Mulberries belong to morus genus, moraceae family. Blackberries belong to rubus genus and rosaceae family.

2. Blackberry is a bush with thorns and mulberry is a tree without any thorns.

3. Mulberry is a deciduous tree, native to Asia, Europe and Africa. On the other hand, Blackberry is a perennial plant seen in South American and temperate Northern hemisphere.

4. Mulberrry fruits are larger than blackberries and have almost an oval shape. On the contrary, blackberries are almost round.

5. Blackberry fruits are very dark purple to black color. Whereas, a mulberry fruit is red to dark purple.


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  1. Bloody great article guys. Point six really made it clear for me.

  2. The information was useful, but the article looks like it was written by a 13 year old.

  3. References would be nice.

  4. Interesting. The Spanish word for blackberry is “mora”, which seems to be related to the Latin name “morus” for mulberries. Looks like the Spanish got it wrong!

    • Actually, in french, both Blackberries and Mulberries have the same name (“Mûres”, same root as Mora, which should logically mean the two as well?)

    • I would like to say that the spanish word for blackeberry is zarzamora and mora is for mulberry.


  5. Mulberries look like hemorrhoids and when you touch ’em, blood oozes out.

  6. I live in Paraná State, Southern Brazil. I found interesting the explanation. According to the description, there is much mulberry
    here, although I have never seen a single blackberry bush arround.
    In fact, our “amora” (the name in Portuguese) grow on trees without thorns and have all the mentioned characteristics, except their color, that is usually black when ripe.

    • Any words about the staining of clothing and skin – in the conclusion.
      I still remember the big “mora” tree in my native Villarrica, Paraguay.
      Obviously a much different botanical sp than the brumbled, thorny bush where the blackberries come from.
      Thank you Tracy.

  7. Some people cannot tell the difference between what is written FOR a 13 year old, and written by a 13 year old. More to the point, seriously, why should the article be more complex? I felt it was quite concise, and clearly explained the difference. What more need to be stated ? This article should be added to the Wikipedia of both blackberry and mulberry.

    • Mr. Wiggles hit the nail on the head- thank you!

      I grew up with a huge MULBERRY tree in my back yard… I ate them straight from the tree, tiny bugs and all! Never worried about pesticides, herbicides or contamination.


      • Hi, I lived in queens but my tree had clear or white berries ? Mulberry? They look and taste the same Now,I live in bklyn. NYC, I have a mulberry Tree, while blackberries are on thorny bushes I make a drink after the first rinse adding sugar.I freeze it and freeze the berries seperately to use later. There is some work. my tree is 30feet tall. First I clean my yard of debis , leaves then put down sheets, then gather the berries daily, rinse .then I make juice after collecting 2-4cups per day after a week I have a picture full then I made the juice.They are rich in anti oxidants have vitamins A and K magnesium and potassium. And contain fibre its a fruit.And they are free falling ftom a tree.The best things in life are free! Imhotep! MJB. Does anyone know when and where I can find fresh figs? Peace and Blessings M

    • Is this the famous Hip Hop star Me Wiggles???

    • I completely agree. It was completely clear and yet you have critism for this clear comcise description. So.why complain?

  8. . I’m with Mr. Wiggles on this one.

  9. Wait a second. Blackberries are not genuine berries as well as they are accessory fruits. Also blackberries are much larger than mulberries!

  10. I think the article was written fine. It completely answered my question of what is the difference between mulberries and blackberries. I think the guy who criticized the writing is a small small man who thinks it’s more important to criticize someone then to thank him for his trouble. Marilyn

  11. When growing up our neighbor had a mulberry tree…I love them but can never find them! One thing that wasn’t mentioned is that mulberries have no seeds in them…definitely don’t like seeds in my berries :-/

  12. I would love to try mulberries. Unfortunately, I’m in the wrong continent.

    • My neighbor has two huge Mullberry trees about 20 feet tall and I live in Central CA USA. Anyone else see these trees in Northern California? They are smaller than black berries btw redish to purple in color.

  13. I find mulberries make great fruit juice. I take a large sample of fruit from the trees (15 lbs) and add the same weight in corn sugar. I add some champagne yeast and let it sit for about 2 weeks. Then i heat up the juice until it squeezes out pure mulberry juice thru tje copper condenser. I toss the first couple jars and drink amazing mulberry juice!

  14. Thanks for the good description of the difference between Mulberries and Blackberries. I grew up in Durban, South Africa where we had Mulberries, including a large tree in our yard. As a teenager we had silkworms and fed them leaves from our tree. Now we live in Utah, USA. We get to buy Blackberries. I often wondered if they were the same. I finally went to google and read how they are different.

  15. Thanks a lot for the differentiation… I grew up eating mulberries in our garden..loved them. Very tasty fruits.. I lived in South India, in Western Ghats. Now living in Canada tasting black berries, resembling our tasty sweetish mulberries , missing them a lot.

  16. Thanks for this article! I have had many recent talks with a good friend from the American Southeast. He has claimed over and over that berries grow on bushes and not on trees; I think he thinks I am just a crazy and very mistaken Yankee broad! M

  17. I appreciate the explanation Of the differences between blackberries and mulberries, and have read a couple of articles that describe the differences very similarly. It made me realize that I am actually trying to research the difference between blackberries and boysenberries.

    This, and other articles describe the blackberry fruit as growing on a bush. I think of a bush (like blueberries) typically as plant with a single trunk with branches that spread out.

    However, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington where blackberries grow wild and prolifically.

    I would describe the blackberry plant as a climbing vine. Individual vines grow from the soil from the underground root system. The roots spread underground and vines spread, pass under or through fencing, landscape features and even grow up the trunks of large trees and vegetation as the vines blooms, fruits and then when that individual vine dies out. Individual vines continue to grow, climb, spread, flower and fruit during the summer season. In the winter most of the vines die out and in the spring new ones begin the process again.

    Thanks for reading my post.

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