So Many people covet their own Mulberry Tree. Each year Johns Market Garden sells and grows more and more Mulberry trees! They increase so much in popularity. A Mulberry Tree – whether a Black Mulberry Tree, a Weeping Mulberry Tree, or a White Mulberry Tree – seems to hold a romanticism and appeal that grows ever stronger. If you want a Mulberry Tree especially for it’s fruits then it is the Black Mulberry – Morus nigra, that should hold your attention. Black Mulberry trees have fruits with an intense, powerful flavour. Black Mulberries can be simmered with sugar and served with ice cream, or make your Black Mulberries into jams, preserves and pies! The White Mulberry Tree [Morus alba] has milder, sweeter pinkish white fruits and is ideal for eating fresh. The White Mulberry has shinier leaves than the Black Mulberry Tree. The Weeping Mulberry [Morus alba pendula and Chaparral Weeping] is grown more as an ornamental although the Weeping Mulberry also produces good sweet fruits. With the Weeping Mulberry the branches fall right down to the ground, like a waterfall.
All Mulberry Trees are slow growing, and attractive. With the Black Mulberry [Morus nigra] you can normally expect fruits within 10 years. If you want to shorten this time grow a Black Mulberry tree of the variety ‘Chelsea’ or ‘King James’ which will often fruit within 5 years. This period can often be shorter still if you cultivate your Black Mulberry tree in a container of say 24”. This seems to encourage earlier fruiting and Mulberry trees of all types enjoy being grown in a container. If you want your Mulberry Tree – be it Black Mulberry, White Mulberry or Weeping Mulberry – to mature to full size though, you will need to plant it in the ground. Mulberry Trees are easy to grow and have no fads or foibles. Mulberry Trees aren’t difficult – just slow! All Mullberry Trees are frost-hardy and they are all self fertile.
Mulberry Tree sizings
A Black Mulberrytree can eventually make around 12-15’ in the ground. This applies equally to Morus nigra, Jerusalem, King James and Chelsea. A White Mulberry tree tends to be bushier, and will make maybe 12’. The Weeping Mulberry is lower and often only reaches 8’ in height. All these sizes for Mulberry trees will be less if grown in a container.