Black mulberry

Morus nigra

Black mulberry - Morus nigra

Common Name: Black mulberry
Genus: Morus
Species: nigra

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Edible fruit, Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 4.50 m (450 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 6.00 m (600 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green
Foliage Colour: Green, YellowFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • A stately rounded tree with heart-shaped leaves, turning yellow in autumn and insignificant pale green flowers followed by delicious slightly acidic raspberry-like fruit in late summer. Mulberries also make lovely specimen trees in a lawn, where the gnarled branches can be admired. This also makes it easier to pick the fruit; as all that is needed is to spread a sheet under the canopy and gently shake the branches so that the mulberries fall from the tree. Keep in mind that these plants generally take around 7-10 years to produce fruit.

  • Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Plant in full sun out of cold drying winds. Stake for the first few years and prune in winter as the trees 'bleed' at other times of the year. Little pruning is needed, only to remove low, dead, diseased or crossing branches.