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Illinois Everbearing Mulberry

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Description

An excellent protector tree. This productive variety is preferred by birds and squirrels over other fruits and berries, so it provides a great way to lure them away from your other harvests. Harvest extra-sweet, 1.5-inch or larger mulberries that ripen over an extended period (approximately 6 to 8 weeks) to provide broad summer fruit coverage. Tolerant of dry, poor soil. Cold-hardy. Matures to be 35' tall. Ripens in mid June through August. Self-pollinating. Morus alba x Morus rubra

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid June Through August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Good Flavor
Texture Soft, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 30 - 35' tall x 30 - 35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 30 - 35' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow mulberry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have had one for over fifty years........It is beautiful and delicious.
Dolores C on Apr 16, 2016
Hardy fast growing and tasty
Avi p on Apr 11, 2016
Have had one for over fifty years........It is beautiful and delicious.
Dolores C on Apr 16, 2016
Give the local wildlife an options besides my garden. Also intested in making jam.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
Hardy fast growing and tasty
Avi p on Apr 11, 2016
keep birds off cherries
David L on Apr 8, 2016
My past mulberry purchase was a great success!
RAY H on Apr 8, 2016
Hoping to keep the birds away from my other fruit trees 1
NANCY Z on Mar 22, 2016
I had one of your Illinois Everbearing Mulberry trees in Riverton, WY where I lived before and loved it. I have moved and want another one.
Carrol S on Mar 18, 2016
Grows well and deer and squirrels love the fruit
Terry G on Mar 15, 2016
Bird attracting and for eating the fruit myself.
Jesse S on Mar 13, 2016
This Mulberry may survive most years in this climate.
Scott I on Mar 10, 2016
I want an American tree and I bought one of these when I was in Florida and it is A wonderful tree.
marie b on Mar 7, 2016
Family tradition; and to feed the birds in our area.
GAYLE M on Mar 2, 2016
Hard to find mulberry trees to buy. This type fits in our zone.
MARY H on Mar 2, 2016
My kids love this fruit. At our old house we had a Mulberry tree that my kids loved. When we moved they begged me to get one for our new house.
Michelle T on Feb 28, 2016
Good producer, very sweet. My parents planted these in 1980 and they are still producing.
STEVEN C on Feb 22, 2016
Give the local wildlife an options besides my garden. Also intested in making jam.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
keep birds off cherries
David L on Apr 8, 2016
Growing up in Indiana we had mulberry "bushes" along the road. So, can this tree be kept pruned to a smaller size so we can reach the berries and so it doesn't take up as much growing room?
Tapas Farm on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've always wondered if the "mulberry bushes" mentioned in the nursery rhyme were actually mulberries, since true mulberries grow on trees. I've heard of people hedging mulberry trees to keep them shorter, but it is a constant effort and it may cause the tree to be more vegetative (leafy) and less fruitful. You don't really "pick" mulberries from a tree anyway – they are shaken either by hand or by the wind when they're ripe and harvested from the ground (or caught on tarps if you're prepared) afterward. If the mature tree is too large for your growing space, you might have better luck restricting the size by growing it in a container.
received illonois mulberry today but we are still in the twenties at night should I wait and plant later? I have repotted it for now.
Dana L on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can keep it in a pot until you feel more comfortable planting this spring when the weather warms. You can even leave it outdoors in the pot during the day and bring it in at night when the temperatures drop below freezing.
can i grow mulberry smaller by keeping it in a container?
jjgarden on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, a mulberry tree growing and being maintained in a container will have its mature size reduced by the restricted area of the container. It's best to go with a container big enough to allow for the roots to grow (at least a 5-7 gallon pot to start with) and with enough holes to offer adequate water drainage.
Everbearing for this tree means what months?
Linda on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In PA, this means July through end of September
My trees are very young but I still see a few new berries each week and they ripen progressively
When planting a pollinating partner, is it better to plant a different variety or two of the same variety?
Jamie N on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Illinois Everbearing Mulberry tree is self-pollinating and has a productive nature, so it will produce an abundance of fruit on its own. Planting another variety isn't necessary to get fruit, so it's up to you if you'd like two of the same variety or one Illinois Everbearing and another different variety of mulberry tree!
Are these Illinois mulberry trees grafted, seed grown or rooted cuttings?
Tadzio on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For the most part they are grown from rooted cuttings, but Stark Bro's may graft them from time to time if need be.

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Tasty & fast growing
I just bought another one because the one planted a few years ago grew fast and big and I want even more berries. They are sweeter and richer tasting than the wild red mulberries. Birds love them too - another reason to have 2 trees to share and not worry about it.
March 4, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Interesting Tree/Something different
Planted mine last spring. Actually got a few berries from it as well. Very good flavor. Glad I purchased it. It may be a tree you would want and prune small, so it's easily netted to keep the birds away, that is, if you want any berries, lol. Also, grapes love to grow near or on this tree. The two are great companions, and benefit each other. I planted my mulberry near my grapes. It's a unique fruit tree, and if you love fruit, or just want to provide food for wildlife, go for it. How could you go wrong?
March 21, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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