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An excellent protector tree. This variety is preferred by birds and squirrels over other fruits and berries, so it offers a great way to lure them away. It produces most of the summer to provide broad coverage. Bears extra sweet 1½" mulberries. Tolerant of dry, poor soil. Cold-tolerant. Matures to be 35' tall. Ripens in mid June through August. Self-pollinating.
Plants grown in a greenhouse must be acclimated carefully before planting or placing them outdoors. This is especially true in hot or sunny locations. Many species should never be grown in full sun. Before purchasing a plant, learn about its sun requirements. Knowing the plants requirements can avoid any damage to the plant by incorrectly giving it the wrong conditions.
If your plant has been grown in a greenhouse, here are a few steps we recommend you follow:
These are general guide recommendations. Some plants take longer than others to acclimate.
Successfully establishing a young fruit tree starts with your planting site and method. Once a fruit tree is established, it needs little assistance to grow and bear fruit; but you’ll want to make sure you give your trees the right foundation.
Fruit trees require fertile soil for good growth, so before you plant, check your soil pH. Contact your local County Extension Office for information about soil testing in your area, or purchase one of our digital meters for quick and accurate results. Mulberries prefer a soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and will grow on many soil types, as long as there is good drainage. Avoid areas that flood.
Iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper, and boron are minor elements that are very important to mulberries. Yet most soils are low in these. For best results, find an organic mixture that contains these elements.
Every tree has the future potential for disease and insect damage. Factors such as location and weather will play a part in which issues your tree encounters. If available, disease-resistant trees are the best option for easy care; and for all trees, proper maintenance (such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, spraying, weeding, and fall cleanup) can help keep most insects and diseases at bay.
Wilted leaves, bark peel, black mass of spores in infected areas with die back in tree branches.
Fruit becomes large and extend more so than healthy fruit and has a popcorn like appearance.
Whitish-gray powdery mold or felt like patches on buds, young leaves and twigs. Leaves may crinkle and curl upward. New shoots are stunted.
Leaves appear yellow and wilted, sudden wilt and death, rotted roots and dead leaves remain attached to the tree. By the time disease is visible, fungus has already spread through out the root system.
Pruning is an important part of proper tree care, but many people find the task overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts).
Spraying is important to the survival of your trees. To handle potential diseases and pests, reference the guidelines below to know what you should spray, and when you should use it.
Before you begin, read and follow all instructions on labels.
Mulberry trees are drought-tolerant once established, but the following guidelines should be followed to ensure their initial growth and fruit production.
Are you ready to enjoy delicious homegrown fruit? Harvest is the time to enjoy the results of your hard work. Keep a few things in consideration as you reap the fruits of your labor: the best time to pick the fruit from your tree, and how to store the fruit.
Harvest season begins mid-June thru August. Fruit will be large, sweet and black when fully ripe. You can hand pick or lay a sheet or tarp under the mulberry tree and shake the branch gently. Ripe berries will fall onto the sheet or tarp. Do not layer too deep in your picking container or you will crush the berries on the bottom.
Annual average yield per tree 10 bushels, 15-20 pounds at age 10.
Berries will keep in the refrigerator unwashed in a covered container for several days. You can freeze for later use by washing the berries then pat dry and pack them in freeze bags. Can be stored frozen for several months.
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Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. It's just that simple. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or refund your full purchase price if you don't want a replacement. To receive your replacement or refund, please call 800.325.4180. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.