桑 means 'mulberry'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 1868   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-34    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 22 words   Used in 30 words   Used in 587 names   Component in 3 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   くわ mulberry
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The Japanese have found uses for every part of the mulberry - the fruit, leaves, wood, bark, and roots. In Japan, mulberries have been so important that some maps mark mulberry fields. Aside from its mulberry connections, 桑 factors into the names of several significant places, including San Francisco and Japan itself! Our kanji also pops up in surprising sayings and a famous bit of wordplay.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Fruit Basket
桑 桃 梅 柿
This "fruit basket" has caused creative juices to flow in Japan. The trees and fruits connect to colors, haiku, proverbs, myths, folktales, and wordplay. People associate peaches with Shangri-la and instability, Japanese apricots with happiness, and persimmons with Mount Fuji and writing brushes. The Japanese fully use certain trees—the wood in furniture, the leaves in tea (and even in sushi!), and fruit, roots, and bark in dye, paper, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The juice goes into drinks, alcoholic or tame. And the Japanese and ancient Chinese have viewed these fruits and their trees as warding off misfortune!
Intricate Systems
繭 桑 巣 蜂
These essays detail complex, interdependent systems, both natural and economic. Sericulture was once so essential to Japan's economy that mulberry (桑) fields are marked on maps, as silkworms eat only mulberry leaves. These animals laboriously spin cocoons (繭), producing filaments that become silk kimonos after many financial transactions. Similarly, Japanese apiarists oversee busy bees (蜂) that make not only hives and honeycomb but also honey to be sold and consumed in multiple ways. Animals build intricate nests and webs (both 巣) that inspire terrific Japanese figurative language. People even eat some nests!
⿱   again and a pair of agains   tree  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 桑 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 桑 is used 29 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ソウ : 13 words FIND ALL
mulberry plantation
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くわ : 13 words FIND ALL
Most common form: くわ
mulberry (tree)
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くわ (read as ぐわ) : 3 words FIND ALL
1. Chinese mulberry (Morus bombycis)  (often written with kana only)
2. kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)  (see also: ヤマボウシ)
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An additional one less common word includes 桑 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1518  Joy o' Kanji : 1518  Key to Kanji:

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ソウ   くわ mulberry   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
again and a pair of agains
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また again   
ソウ   ふた pair   
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