Maclura tricuspidata Carrière. Cudrania, Strawberry-bush, Che Fruit Tree, Mandarin Melonberry. Phen: Jul. Hab: Forest edges, suburban woodlands, escaped and naturalized from plantings. Dist: Native of China and Korea, where cultivated as a food for silkworms and for its fruit (che). Naturalized in Orange County, NC, in McIntosh County, GA (Jones & Coile 1988), in Clay County, TN (D. Estes, pers. comm., 2015), and at other widely scattered locations in the South, where recommended as a hedge plant since at least 1940 (Rehder 1940).
Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia
Syn: = K3, K4, Gardner et al (2017); = Cudrania tricuspidata – FNA3, K1
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