- Zones: 8-10
- Chill hours: 400
- Harvest: June 1 - July 1
- Looks: Bears large, black, tasty fruit similar to blackberries.
- Personality: The juicy fruit is excellent for jam, and boasts an appetizing berry-cherry flavor.
- Facts of note: Morus nigra Trained as a tree or as a shrub, it is densely foliated with large heart-shaped leaves; vigorous, easy to care for, and excellent for shade. The tree grows to between 25-30 ft and is fairly drought resistant once it has been established. Black mulberries are the favorite for wine making and drying.
- Pollination: Self-fruitful
Mulberry trees are native to tropical climates and produce a sweet multiple-fruit (looks somewhat like a long skinny blackberry). The trees grow swiftly at first but soon become slow growing, a mature tree rarely reaches over 30 ft. Black mulberries can grow in a bushy-like habit if not trained young into a tree. The fruit is used extensively in jams. The trees are fairly drought tolerant once established. Trees are 2 years old and should fruit in their 3rd year.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (800) 784-1722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional shipping charges will apply.
Planting & Care
Mulberries are generally free of pests and diseases, although cankers and dieback can occur. They like a warm, well-drained soil, preferably a deep loam. Shallow soils such as those frequently found on chalk or gravel are not recommended. Mulberries are prone to desiccation and frost damage when planted from bare root. To reduce the risk of plant loss it is a good idea to thoroughly hydrate the plant and prune back the lateral growth of the plant to reduce the amount of surface area exposure.
Ship up to 10 Bare Root Trees for Only $25!* *Shipping offer only available to the lower 48 states. Nut & multi-graft trees count as 2 when calculating shipping. Offer applicable to bare root trees only. Ships via FedEx Home/Ground. Cannot ship to P.O. boxes.
Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU.
Cannot ship via USPS. Cannot ship via SmartPost. Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.
Shipping Weight: 6.00 lbs.
Dimensions: 59"L x 11"W x 11"H
Limited Guarantee for Dormant Trees & Plants
Claim Deadline is June 1st (Claims placed after June 1st will be denied.) Please note: Our trees will come to you topped off at approximately 3 ft. in height to put the tree’s stored energy into root development vs. foliage production.
What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that your dormant tree/plant will arrive in good, viable condition and will leaf out by May 15th (historically 98% of our trees do). This guarantee is only available to customers who purchased their tree/plant directly from us.
What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your tree/plant remains alive & healthy, or bears fruit, as there are too many variables beyond our control in order to do so (i.e. soil preparation, planting, fertilization, weed & pest control, adequate irrigation and/or drainage, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your zone, proper choice of pollinator, etc).
How to Request a Credit
If your tree/plant does not leaf out by May 15th, please contact us as soon as possible (but no later than June 1st) and we will issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your tree/plant (excluding shipping).*
(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items already replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence of the condition of your tree/plant and/or a scratch test. The scratch test consists of checking for green under the bark a few inches over the graft (please watch our video titled Bare Root (Dormant) Warranty for more information on this simple procedure). If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, the tree/plant is dead or dying.