mulberry ( syn King James )
- 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
Popular since the 17thC, this mulberry produces large and succulent fruit, while still a relatively young tree - although it will still take a several (up to 8) years after planting to produce a bumper crop. The fruits have an intense flavour and can be picked and eaten straight from the tree from late summer. The low, gnarled branches and handsome foliage make it a very ornamental addition to the garden.
- 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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