- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: May to June
- Flower colour: inconspicuous pale green
- Other features: large, raspberry-like fruit (August to September)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A stately tree with heart-shaped leaves and delicious, slightly acidic raspberry-like fruit in late summer. The black mulberry is a long lived tree and is perfect for growing as a specimen as it has a more attractive shape than the white mulberry, with low gnarled branches. This also makes it easier to pick the sweet fruit, though it will take a number of years before it starts to produce its bumper crop. Keep in mind that these plants generally take around 7-10 years to produce fruit and ours are already 3-4 years old.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Plant in full sun out of cold, drying winds. Stake for the first few years and prune in winter, as the trees 'bleed' at other times of the year. Little pruning is needed however, only to remove low, dead, diseased or crossing branches.
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Q:When will the Mulberry tree produce fruit and which variety is best?
I am interested in purchasing a Mulberry tree,- I believe that it is a few years before they start to produce large, edible fruit. Can you please advise how many years this would be? Your Mulberry trees are in 10 litre pots, what is the average age of the plants i.e. 3 years, 5 years etc? My mother has had a Mulberry tree (not sure of the variety) for approx 10 years and the fruits are so small they can not be picked, is there a variety that bears larger fruit or do they need to be very old trees?Asked on 9/13/2006 by Joanne Ratcliffe
A:Mulberries usually start fruiting when they are about 10 years old. The ones we sell in 10 litre pots are 3 to 4 years old so will take around 6 - 7 years to start producing a bumper crop of berries. The best species for edible fruit is Morus nigra, black mulberry which we sell on our site. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4602&CategoryID=Answered on 9/13/2006 by Crocus
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