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Black mulberry trees are native to western Asia and the Middle East. This mulberry tree produces what many consider to be the highest quality mulberry fruits. Fruit from these trees is almost without exception black. Black mulberry trees are more popular in warmer, drier areas like California; when grown in Florida, they’re generally taller tree form.
A very rapid growing deciduous tree, mulberry fruits very early in the spring and is an excellent wildlife food source at a time of year when there is little ripe fruit available. There are three species: Black, White, and the native Red Mulberry. Selected cultivars have the best fruiting characteristics, with large black berries up to 2″ long that taste like seedless blackberries! Mulberries are an important early season source of food for deer and game. Very easy to grow.
|Height||30' - 40'|
|Spread||15 - 20'|
|Tree Form||Modified leader or multi-trunk|
|USDA Zone||6 - 10|
|Blooms||April - May|
|Drops Fruit or Nut||April - May|
|Soil||Adapted to upland, well drained, sandy clay or loam. Can handle wet soil if seasonal and well drained|
|Soil pH||5.5 - 7.0|
|Light requirements||Full Sun|
|Spacing||40' - 50'|
|Pruning||Light pruning while young to create strong branch framework|
|Fertilization||Do not fertilize at planting. Once the trees are established, fertilize in early spring (Mar-April) as growth begins. Do not fertilize in the fall, which could promote late season tender growth that can be damaged by early frosts.|
|Watering||Newly planted trees should be watered regularly. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees. Please see the Watering section under "How to plant and grow" in our Learning Center.|
At Chestnut Hill Outdoors, we’ve been shipping mail order trees for over 30 years. We’re experts at delivering healthy trees to your doorstep. All of our trees are container grown in root-enhancing pots, ensuring healthy root systems and much better success upon planting.
Spring: All trees are shipped bare-root.
Fall: All trees are shipped in containers.
Size shipped: 12 – 24 inches
For more information, visit our Ordering & Shipping Page.