Tree up to 15-18 m high with a spreading spherical crown. The trunk and large branches are covered with grayish-brown bark. The leaves are broadly ovate, unequal at the base, petiolate, finger-toothed along the edge, 5-15 cm long. They are located on shoots of two types: elongated vegetative and shortened fruiting.
The flowers are unisexual, collected in inflorescences: staminate - in drooping cylindrical spikes, pistillate - in short oval ones on very short peduncles. It blooms in April - May, the fruits ripen in May - June.
The inflorescences consist of achenes with an overgrown perianth, up to 4 cm long, cylindrical, white or colored pink or red. The taste is sickly sweet. They are edible fresh (white, soft and the branches fall to the ground when slightly shaken); the taste is inferior in richness to black mulberry.
Grows quickly from a young age. It is photophilous, however, and tolerates shading. Tolerant to heat, drought, undemanding to soil, but prefers fertile deep sandy and loamy soils, especially with the presence of lime.