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Bare Root Mulberries
You can choose to plant a fruiting mulberry tree for yourself or for your birds! Since the birds are so fond of the berries, the trees can be used as a distraction to keep the birds from eating other fruits. The mulberries have a unique flavor; if you choose to harvest them for yourself, they are delicious picked fresh or dried and can be used in jellies, jams, pies and mulberry wine. They also freeze well.
Mulberries are planted throughout Europe and they are mentioned in the writings of Virgil in Rome before 20 B.C. The trees are very long-lived; one of the oldest remaining mulberry trees is over 350 years old and is found in a village in Korea. As the trees age, they become picturesque additions to the landscape.
The White Mulberry is the tree of choice for silkworm culture. It was originally brought to the U.S. to start production among the Chinese population in Nevada City, California. The Pakistan King was brought to the U.S. from Islamabad, Pakistan.
Mulberries usually bear early and have few serious pests or diseases. They are tolerant of most soils, but perform best in good soils. They prefer hot, dry summers and are quite drought tolerant once established. They are one of the few berries that grow on trees.
Mulberry, Black Beauty (Morus nigra sp.)
Bush form mulberry, large, black fruit with blackberry-like flavor. Very attractive to birds. Grows to fifteen feet. Zone 4. Self-fruitful.
Mulberry, Persian Fruiting Bush Form (Morus nigra sp.)
Small, spreading, long-lived bush. Bears large, black, tasty fruit similar to blackberries. Height 20-25 feet, but can be pruned as a hedge. Birds are highly attracted to berries. Cold hardy to 10 degrees. Self-fruitful.