The broussonetias are closely allied to the mulberries, but are less woody, and the plants are unisexual. Two species are in cultivation, both from N.E. Asia. They have alternate leaves, and are rather rank-growing shrubs or small trees, deciduous, and with abundant pith in the young shoots. They grow well in any soil of moderate quality, and are easily increased by summer cuttings. These should be made in July or August, of short shoots with a heel of older wood attached. Female trees sometimes produce fruit under cultivation. Named after T. N. V. Broussonet, a French naturalist, 1761-1807.