Black mulberries originated in the mountains of Mesopotamia and Persia. They are found throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan, Syria, and Turkey today. The Black Mulberry bush has black juicy berries with tasty blackberry-like flavor. Small fruit about the size of blackberry, dark purple almost black with richly flavored flesh. Often planted to attract birds away from cherries. Self-fertile. Small 1 to 2 ft. bush when shipped
Considerations for Black Mulberry Bush
USDA Zones: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Uses: Fresh Eating, Desserts / Pies
Harvest Period: Midseason
Low Chill: Yes
Bloom Period: Very Late
Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile
Storage: A few weeks
Disease Resistance: Excellent
Years to Bear: 1-3 years
Recommended Spacing: 4-6 ft.
Mature Size: 6-10 ft.
Pruning: Summer prune to reduce height
Water Requirements: 4-12 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Small bush
Size of tree
Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch; *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock. .
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.