Mulberry trees, native to tropical climates, are known for their ability to produce fruit in early spring. These fast-growing trees yield a sweet multiple-fruit resembling a long, skinny blackberry. While mulberry trees initially exhibit rapid growth, they tend to become slow-growing, with mature trees rarely exceeding 30 ft. If not trained young, black mulberries may adopt a bushy-like habit. The fruits, commonly used in dark purple jams, are not only sweet but can also offer a mild tart flavor.
Mulberry trees, originating from Asia, are known for their striking appearance and delicious fruit. These trees typically exhibit a robust structure with spreading branches, covered in broad, green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. The fruit, resembling elongated blackberries, vary in color from red to dark purple when ripe. Native to the warm climates of Asia, mulberry trees have adapted to various regions worldwide, thriving in temperate conditions. Their fast-growing nature and lush foliage make them popular both for fruit production and as ornamental plants in gardens and landscapes.
Mulberries have a unique and delightful taste that is generally sweet with a subtle tartness. The flavor can be described as a combination of sweet and mildly tart, reminiscent of blackberries or raspberries but with its own distinct note. Fully ripe mulberries tend to be sweeter and have a more intense flavor, with a juicy texture. The taste can vary slightly based on the type of mulberry (red, white, or black), with black mulberries typically being the sweetest and richest in flavor. They are often enjoyed fresh, but also make delicious additions to various recipes like jams, pies, and smoothies.
Our 2-year-old trees are poised to produce fruit in their 3rd year. These trees are remarkably easy to grow, typically free of pests and diseases, making them an excellent addition to any garden. These trees thrive in warm, well-drained soils, preferably deep loam, and flourish under full sun, serving as exceptional shade providers. However, it is advisable to avoid shallow soils, such as those found on chalk or gravel. Mulberries exhibit drought tolerance once established, although precautions should be taken when planting from bare root to mitigate desiccation and frost damage risks.
Choose these trees for a fruitful addition to your garden, offering both the joy of cultivating your own produce and the aesthetic benefits of shade and lush foliage.