Mulberry trees provide a delicious berry for eating or jam. Mulberries are not readily availble in fruit shops or markets as they are difficult to transport. Growing your own Mulberries is an alternative with black, red and white mulberry being available for sale.
In Australia a number of varieties are aavailable for sale. Hicks Fancy may be the tree of your childhood, it has been around a while and is large growing, masses of fruit and is an early ripening variety. The Black English produces sweeter fruit and it later to ripen, excellent for cooler climates.
Beenleigh Black is a versatile tree, grows well in warmer climates and like most Mulberry trees is regarded as drought tolerant.
The well known Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) and the lesser known White Mulberry (Morus Alba) are the trees that silkworms like. (Morus nigra) 'Wellington' is a sought after heavy cropping cultivar. Morus macroura 'Shatoot' produces white to pale yellow fruit, very sweet. Morus rubra, or the Red Mulberry is native to North America.
Mulberry trees are easy to grow and once established crop heavily. Dwarf varieties are available which are well suited to growing in containers. Full size trees will need at least 5m, however they can be pruned back after fruiting.
Full sun and some good compost each year will keep the trees happy. Water well for the first few yearsuntil a good root system is established. After this they need little extra care.
Although Mulberry trees make an excellent shade tree, they can also be pruned back each year to maintain a good size for fruiting. This makes it also a little easier to net the trees to keep the birds away.
Pruning is carried out during dormancy, late autumn. Remmebr that these are a tree that fruit on new growth, so pruning will not harm the crop.
Mulberry trees are available for sale from the following nurseries and growers
YALCA FRUIT TREES - Ph : 03 58682062
Mail order fruit tree nursery with over 200 temperate climate fruit trees.
Heritage varieties and dwarf fruit trees. Apple Trees, Stone Fruit, Nut Trees and Berry Fruit.
BLERICK TREE FARM- - phone: (03) 56281507
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. From the farm gate to your property, specialist knowledge and outstanding service. Be spoilt for choice, over 4000 plants.
RONNEBY ADVANCED TREES-
2505 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria - PH: 03 5627 6327
Deciduous and evergreen advanced trees from 1-12 metres with over 100,000 trees to select from. SpringRing® grown trees from 25 litre to 1000 litre, field grown specimen trees and mature palms. Australia-wide delivery.