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Illinois Everbearing Mulberry

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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


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
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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.

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.


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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.
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
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.
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.

Customer Reviews

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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
8 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
1 year ago
Great Tree First year
My tree hasn't quite been planted for a year yet. I was worried about it being dead but it has thrived really well so far. It has doubled in size already and is full of leaves. I can't wait for it to start bearing fruit.
May 12, 2016
11 months ago
the trick is...
My tree arrived in great shape, and although some people don't like doing bare root plantings. It grew fine it's first year and is doing great so far it's second year. The trick is to follow the planting guide, and get it into the ground as fast as possible.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
better than expected
I ordered two of these. The seedlings arrived healthy and in great condition. They immediately started growing and did very well. I planted them in the early summer of 2015. It is now spring of 2016 and they have survived a harsh winter in northern Utah at over 5000 ft elevation. They are growing well and have fruit on them. I am very happy with this purchase and have since purchased several more items from stark brothers with similar results.
May 14, 2016
1 year ago
Very healthy tree
I really liked the way the tree was shipped. It arrived with a very good root system and established quickly. I am very pleased with the tree.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Nice plant as always
The mulberry was a nice plant as always. It was about 10 feet tall by the time it went dormant. Just one leader with no side branching. It looks like it is going to develop some side branching this year. Had a few mulberries last year it will be interesting to see how many it has this year.
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
Amazing growth in one year
I bought the Illinois Mulberry last spring, and it has grown tremendously over one year! It has grown at least to 9 or 10 feet high, from a 3 foot twig. I have already got quite a few mulberries this spring. I am so pleased with my purchase. Thank you Stark Bros. for the quality plants you sell, you get what you pay for.
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
Illinois Everbearing Mulberry
I planted this tree one year ago, so it has not yet produced fruit. After a cold Spring, it is finally beginning to break dormancy on May 23. There was some winter kill on the latter half of its two branches. I was worried it was dead because it had not started to leaf out when all my other fruit trees had, but the leaf buds are now starting to swell and show some green.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Great Tree
It bloomed and fruited the second year! I put it in late the first year.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
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