Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mulberry Musing

I do occasionally wonder, while trimming my trees, why the lowly mulberry gets blessed with so many shapes of leaves, while the oaks and maples only have one.

Perhaps someone more mathematically minded than I can figure out the fractal formula for mulberry.

1 comment:

Jonadab said...

It's simple: each mulberry leaf is a basic leaf shape with zero or more of those indentations in the side(s). The one on the end of the branch in the photo shows you the basic shape, with no indentations. As you can see by looking at the other leaves, the number of indentations varies.