- Growing Mulberries – How to Grow Mulberries
- How to Grow Mulberries – A Guide to Growing Mulberries
- Further Information on Mulberries
- Mulberry Trees
- Pakistan Mulberry (White) Tree
- Pakistan Red Mulberry Tree
- Persian Mulberry Tree (ShahToot) – شاه توت
- Persian White Mulberry – (Toot – توت)
- Weeping Mulberry
- Plant Finder
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Growing Mulberries – How to Grow Mulberries
How to Grow Mulberries – A Guide to Growing Mulberries
The mulberry is a beautiful, ornamental tree. The fruits have a wonderful flavour and lots of sweet juice and the limbs become crooked and gnarled as they age, making an attractive architectural feature. They can grow as high as 8–12 M (25–35 feet) but can be pruned and grown as a bush or an espalier. The trees can take from at least four years to six years to start producing fruit.
The black mulberry is generally grown for its fruit. The white variety does produce fruit, but smaller and much less sweet.
- Cultivation is similar to that of an apple tree.
- You can buy bare-rooted or pot grown trees.
- Plant bare rooted trees in late autumn/early winter, while the soil is still warm and the tree dormant; container grown trees may be planted at any time of year as long as the soil is not frozen or completely sodden.
- Mulberries are tolerant of most soils but prefer a moisture retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. They can be successfully grown against a wall if space is limited.
- Dig a hole large enough to comfortably accommodate the depth and size of the roots, incorporate lots of well-rotted manure or compost, and water the tree in well after planting.
- Be careful not to damage the roots when planting, as they are quite brittle.
- Stake the tree to protect the tree from wind rock and encourage good root development.
- Remove any vegetation around the base of the tree and mulch well, to help keep in the moisture and discourage weeds growing and competing with the young tree.
- Apply a general purpose fertiliser in late winter and a mulch of organic matter or well-rotted manure in spring.
- Water and mulch in dry weather, particularly during the first couple of years – do not let a young tree dry out.
- Only prune in winter, when the tree is dormant, as they bleed a great deal if cut during the growing season. Simply thin out any crowded, damaged or diseased branches
- Harvest August–September, as the fruits mature.
- Carefully pick the fruit once it has matured to a deep purple-red colour – they are sweetest when soft.
- Or lay old sheets beneath the tree as the fruits begin to ripen. Gently shake the branches to release the ripe fruit.
- Harvest mulberries with care as the fruits disintegrate easily. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands from staining – mulberries give up their juice easily.
Pests and Problems with Mulberries
- Fairly trouble-free. The trees spread out as they age, and become brittle. Support the branches to avoid damage.
- If possible, net the tree as the fruit matures to prevent bird damage.
Varieties of Mulberry
- Mulberries are self-fertile and there are several varieties available.
- Most delicious eaten fresh, straight from the tree, with the addition of cream or vanilla ice cream.
- Freeze mulberries in a single layer in a shallow tub and transfer to a container once frozen.
- The fruit are great for baking or for making flavoured gin or vodka (make in the same way as damson gin)
- They work well in blackberry recipes and are wonderful in a tart or crumble
- Mulberries can also be dried in a dehydrator and stored for future use
Further Information on Mulberries
Recipes Using Mulberries or Blackberries
- Mulberries from the Allotment Shop
A daily sight – Robins enjoying the berries from the tree.
Planting a Mulberry Tree is a quick way to invite birds and other wildlife to your yard. Once the tree starts producing fruit, you’ll be delighted to see the many types of birds enjoying those juicy red berries. I’m fortunate enough to have a Dwarf Weeping Mulberry in my front garden and can see all the regular visitors right through my front window. While birds find the tree highly attractive, did you know that you too can eat the fruit from the Mulberry Tree?
The Weeping Mulberry in my front garden
The White Mulberry (Morus Alba) is the most common in Ontario, and can either be the Fruiting or Non-Fruiting variety. If you love birds and/or the taste of the mulberry, then you want the fruit bearing type (Morus Alba Pendula). However, make sure you plant it away from driveways and sidewalks, as they can be quite messy with dropping berries as they mature.
Mulberries will attract many bird species, like this Oriole, but can prove to be a bit messy.
The Non-Fruiting variety (Morus Alba Chaparral) provides all the beauty and resilence of the other without the mess of the berries or the animals eating the berries. They work well in landscapes and still make great nesting areas for birds.
Even the chipmunks love the berries.
The best part about these trees is that it’s adaptable and very forgiving. A vigorous grower, the mulberry is a fairly disease-free plant that’s tolerant of clay soil. A good choice for the beginner gardener. Plant your weeping mulberry in well drained soil with full sun, or partial shade and you’ll find it is a hardy, easy-to-care-for tree that will produce mulberries every year right in to late summer.
Baby Robin anxious for the berries to ripen
There are many rules of thumb when it comes to trimming and pruning your mulberry. So I went to the experts at Sheridan Nurseries to get the best advice for growing these beautiful trees in our climate. “The Mulberry is an aggressive grower and should be trimmed,” says Brenda Luckhardt, Development Manager at Sheridan Nurseries. Whether you prefer the tidy or shaggy look, it’s best to keep the leaves from cascading onto the ground. “Give them a really hard pruning in April before the plant blooms, and then you can trim it this time of year.” The mid-summer trimming will encourage new growth and shape the tree nicely.
A full grown Mulberry before trimming
The key to pruning the weeping mulberry is to cut off any vertical or upward growing branches. Cut branches in a way that will help you achieve the shaping that you prefer. Rule of thumb? If it weeps, it works. It’s good to get underneath the treat and cut out any dead and/or crossing branches.
Pretty simple, a little bit of grooming and you’ve got yourself a beautiful tree perfect for bird watching. And if you can pick the berries before the birds get to them, here are tips on baking with mulberries or you try out these tasty Mulberry Fruit Recipes.
I’ve never been able to collect enough berries to make Mulberry Pie, maybe it’s time to try harder.
I’d like to thank Lorna Jefferies for all of the beautiful bird photos you see in this blog. You can see more of her talented work here.
Lovely shots of Waxwings in Lorna’s Mulberry.
Pakistan Mulberry (White) Tree
Quick View $55.00 – $395.00 The Pakistan white mulberry tree produces very long (3-4 inch), greenish yellow fruits that are very sweet and delicious. The fruit is slightly less juicy than the red Mulberry but just as sweet. A flavor is reminiscent o… Select options
Pakistan Red Mulberry Tree
Quick View $165.00 – $395.00 The Pakistan / Afghanistan red mulberry tree produces uniquely long (3-4 inch) fruit. Incredible flavor! Very juicy, sweet and delicious when ripe. Tree are vigorous and grow large, providing lots of shade. Harvest mulberr… Select options
Persian Mulberry Tree (ShahToot) – شاه توت
Quick View $95.00 – $395.00 Persian Mulberry tree, also known as the ShahToot, produces very delicious, dark red, wide, juicy fruit with a very pleasant sour and sweet flavor when ripe. The fruit itself turns almost into a black shade resembling a … Select options
Persian White Mulberry – (Toot – توت)
Quick View $45.00 – $395.00 White mulberry trees grown at Paradise Nursery originate from Iran. They are beautiful trees that produce abundant white, sweet and juicy fruits called toot (توت). They are very tasty, and can be eaten fresh off the tre… Select options
Quick View $165.00 – $395.00 The weeping mulberry tree is very beautiful with unique branches that grow down towards the ground. The tree produces sweet and juicy, tasty berries in the Summer that are small and red when ripe. Keep the tree small and … Select options
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Height: 10 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: White Mulberry
An unusual accent tree with a twisted weeping habit of growth, rather quaint when young but becomes wide-spreading and prominent when mature, best used as a solitary feature; very adaptable to many conditions, fruits can be messy and prolific
Weeping Mulberry has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The red fruits are held in clusters in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.
Weeping Mulberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Weeping Mulberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Weeping Mulberry will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.