Definition of paper mulberry in English:

paper mulberry


  • A small tree of the mulberry family, the inner bark of which is used for making paper and tapa cloth, occurring from eastern Asia to Polynesia.

    Broussonetia papyrifera, family Moraceae

    • ‘The tapa banner was made by Tongan women from the beaten-out bark of the paper mulberry tree, and is painted with an abstract design.’
    • ‘The twigs of the paper mulberry are hairy reddish brown, the bark is tan and smooth to moderately furrowed, the wood is soft and brittle, and it has conical buds.’
    • ‘The leaves of the Paper Mulberry are distinctive in that they have a very rough, sandpaper-like upper surface and a soft, downy under surface.’