How to Grow Your Own Mulberry Tree

Mulberry Tree
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Origins

Mulberries are members of the Moraceae family. This includes the Fig Tree and other interesting small trees and bushes. However, the fruit-bearing species that are really worthwhile regarding perseverance are the big trees. The fruit grows in a colder climate and yet produces a beautiful quality of fruit.

Trees Change Sex

Growing to a height of between 30 to 50 feet, the Mulberries are fast-growing and long-living deciduous trees. Many of the trees are self-pollinating and often have both a male and a female flower on one branch. These trees are even known to change sex.

Many Uses

The Mulberry Tree is relatively attractive and is thought to be a sign of nature, faith, and growth. It grows well in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Its berries are edible, and even its flexible wood is used a lot for carvings and, finally, its bark – and the leaves – are used to make paper. So, it’s an incredibly useful tree.

The Berries

Even the berries borne by this Tree are striking, and immediately it occurs to you that they look a lot like England’s most popular blackberry, except the lobes of the fruit are a little more compact with a longer, thinner shape.

Taste

These berries have different tastes depending on the area in which they are grown. However, they all taste lovely to children and their parents alike. When out walking, I have heard that if a person notices a Mulberry Tree, they have found it impossible to walk past the Tree without grabbing a handful of the Berries. Unfortunately, the red ones stain clothing with dark blotches that are almost impossible to remove!

Harmless Worms

Like lots of other types of fruit (Strawberries, for example) – Mulberries have worms in them. They also have lots of very tiny bugs like white aphids that are almost impossible to see, so you eat them and enjoy the flavor, not knowing you’re eating more than the fruit. The good news is that they’re supposed to be harmless.

Toxic Sap

Having told you that, I must also tell you that all parts of the Mulberry Tree (except for the ripe fruit, of course) contains a sort of milky-looking type of sap (like latex), and this sap is toxic to humans.

Hallucinations

If you start eating the unripe berries, peculiar things can happen to you. The bottom line is only to eat the ripe fruit. If you start eating the unripe fruit, you will end up with a terrible stomach upset, stimulation of the nervous system, and hallucinations.

Yes! You could get high, go on a trip, space out – and all those other terms for becoming quite intoxicated from ‘using’ a banned substance.

Banned in 3 States in the US

It is interesting to hear that the City of Tucson in Arizona banned these trees in 1984 and, in 1991, Las Vegas did the same; then, a year later, in 1992, so did El Paso, Texas. Why? All three cities claimed that the enormous amount of pollen the Trees produced was extremely harmful to humans.

Silkworm Moths

Silkworm Moths can only survive on Mulberry Trees, and because they can endure in many countries, they became part of what was known as the silk route many centuries ago.

Fast Growing

Some of the cultivars can be grown from seed, and, as the Mulberry Tree is quite a fast-growing plant, it’s able to grow up to 10 to 12 feet during its first six years! White Mulberry trees can grow up to 80 feet tall at maturity, while the red Mulberry Tree grows over 70 feet tall and displays an excellent, widespread.

I’m told that the fruit-bearing only starts after the Tree is fully mature – about ten years old.

Difference in Varieties

It’s said that D.Morus macroura has a delicious, exceptional ‘raspberry’ flavor, and then the Morus nigra can mostly boast the highest taste rating. The one that grows and fruits the best when planted where it will get 4 hours of continuous sunlight is White Mulberry. It can even handle much worse and drier soils than Morus rubra varieties.

Conditions for Planting a Mulberry Tree

  • Mulberry Trees like well-drained and fertile soil, but they are hardy and can withstand many bad conditions:
  • Getting Mulberries to produce the Berries early, you would need to fertilize the Tree with a fertilizer rich in potassium and keep pruning where necessary.
  • including salt from a seaside planting and
  • drought from an urban planting.
  • They do their best and flourish in full sun; however, they can accept the light shade. When planting, it’s essential to have a space of 25 to 30 feet around each Tree.

Planting the Tree

  • Once you find the right location in your garden for your Mulberry Tree:
  • first, dig a bushel sized hole;
  • Then plant the Tree and try to spread the roots where possible.
  • Then start to gently return the soil you dug out to make this hole.
  • Pack down the soil solidly, tamping it lightly as you add it to eliminate any air pockets around the roots. When the hole is half-filled, add water and then form a rimmed ‘bowl’ of soil around the Tree.
  • This ‘rimmed’ bowl helps to hold the water around the Tree.
  • Water the Tree once weekly throughout the first year – unless it receives an inch of rain per week.
  • Mulch at least two feet out around the hole to reduce the grass competition.
  • Also, as Mulberries are faster growers, they need some fertilizer.
  • Remember to mulch at least 2 feet out around the trunk of the Tree to keep the grass away.

How To Grow the Mulberry from Seeds

  • Harvest Fully Ripened Mulberry Fruits From the Tree.
  • For Growing Seeds, You Can Use Seedling Tray, Or You Can Take Pot.
  • For Potting Mix You Can Use Well Drained Soil, Cocopeat Or Cocopeat/Sand/Compost Mix Or One Part Soil, Half Sand, Half Compost, Half Cocopeat Mix.

Planting Mulberries in General

  • They should be planted at least 5 meters away from any other trees.
  • Mulberry Trees are not any danger to animals be can be toxic to humans,
  • Mulberry trees mature when they are ten years old – only then will they bear fruit.
  • This deciduous Tree grows quite an extensive root structure. It spreads horizontally from the trunk and remains under the ground within the first 24 inches of soil. Along with the wide horizontal roots, mulberry trees also grow smaller sinker roots off the laterals.
  • Because Mulberry Trees are deciduous, they lose all their leaves in the fall and regrow new leave in the Spring.
  • If the leaves on your Mulberry Tree start to turn yellow, it’s a sign they’re not getting water. The best course of action is to water the Mulberry once per week. Make sure when you’re watering that the water runs deep and drenches the root thoroughly. When watering, avoid the base of the trunk (root rot) and
  • Aim a little further away from the water. Also, don’t forget to keep mulching about 5 inches away from the Tree to keep it protected in general.
  • If your Mulberry Tree starts dripping a Sticky Substance, many people will believe the Tree is oozing sap, but it’s not. It’s actually the secretions of zillions of aphids that are feeding on the poor Tree. As the aphids suck out the Tree’s juices, they excrete a sticky and smelly substance called honeydew.

Mulberry Berries’ Uses

The Mulberries themselves are delicious and have many uses. For example, they are used in tarts, pies, herbal teas, wines, and cordials; they are also found in jellies, syrups, marmalades, and puddings, oatmeal cookies, and muffins.

Even More Uses

It’s not a well-known fact that in addition to the fruit being so useful, the young shoots are often steamed and eaten with rice or put into stews, brewed into teas, or aged in wooden barrels to make balsamic vinegar! There seem to be no ends to the usefulness of this plant.

Variations

The Mulberries have different colors and different flavors depending on their geographical location – not only does the taste vary from country to country, but it also varies from state to state, but a great many comparisons have also been conducted over the years. They will continue probably for many more years, and still, no one particular ‘favorite’ has been named.

 

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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