This season, I've been tracking a volunteer gold-leaved mulberry whose foliage is exceptionally lacy. I figured out that, although it's a good fifteen feet from the one I planted, it had to be a sprout directly from the parent. Fifteen feet away! Those surely are far-reaching roots. Is this how the species behaves, or was this far-flung root sprout a fluke?
An excursion to Boston's world-famous Arnold Arboretum was in order; its collection of trees and shrubs is unrivaled east of the Rockies.
In the mulberry grove, I found this cut-leaved beauty. In everything but foliage color, it was a dead ringer for my gold-leaved volunteer. Was its parent tree nearby?