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

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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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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Watching squirrels eat mulberries is better than a circus.
Eileen L on May 14, 2018
I had one in my yard as a child and loved them. I hope to make many pies with this fruit. Easy to pick and eat, and feeds birds too which we love.
Linda S on May 7, 2018
Watching squirrels eat mulberries is better than a circus.
Eileen L on May 14, 2018
Had a mulberry tree at my husband's family property--his ancestors had planted it. Our grandson recently saw a mulberry tree and we told him about that tree. He picked a seed and wanted to plant a mulberry tree. So I'm getting these for him and the birds.
Carrie M on May 11, 2018
I had one in my yard as a child and loved them. I hope to make many pies with this fruit. Easy to pick and eat, and feeds birds too which we love.
Linda S on May 7, 2018
My grandmother had a mulberry tree in her backyard when I was a kid. They are one of my favorite berries.
Douglas C on Apr 21, 2018
We recently tasted a mulberry. Yummy. Brought us back to grammy's. Cannot find them anywhere in our location. We will keep one and give the other to our daughter and son-in-law who just purchased a new home.
Varla G on Apr 19, 2018
I have eaten these mulberries before and they are better than any blackberry I have ever tasted, and are a lot easier to grow and pick!
MATT K on Mar 20, 2018
I always loved eating mulberries as a kid, and I wanted to have a tree to call my own. They're great for pies and canning, and they'll keep birds and squirrels off of my other fruits.
Nathaniel C on Feb 19, 2018
To help keep the birds, opossums, raccoons and squirrels away from the garden.
LOUIS S on Feb 15, 2018
I had a mulberry tree as a child and loved to eat the fruit. We recently rediscovered this wonderful tree but the power company cut it down so we want one for our yard. Jams and Pies are in the future.
Douglas J on Nov 14, 2017
Big tree growing fast and a lot berries.
MICHAEL S on Nov 3, 2017
I have grown this tree before. It produces the BEST fruit for eating and making wonderful mulberry jam.
JIM W on Oct 30, 2017
We want to use this marvelous tree as a garden highlight as well as a lure to draw pest away from our other fruit trees.
Robert H on Sep 6, 2017
My grandma had huge Mulberry tree in Minnesota, we would visit every summer and I loved the mulberries. My grandma would make jellies and jams from these mulberries, and we would also make homemade ice cream and sprinkle the fresh mulberries on the top. Wonderful fond memories.......
Deb V on Jun 14, 2017
We are hoping it keeps birds away from our cherry trees & provides a little shade.
Spencer J on May 13, 2017
Wildlife likes mulberries
Gregory S on May 11, 2017
For the birds
Billy H on Apr 26, 2017
Wanted a heavy producing tree to hopefully distract the birds from my other berry bushes. These fruits are supposed to be really sweet and favored over other fruits. I was also looking for something that grew fast to provide shade/protection for the chickens.
Kristina B on Apr 21, 2017
Mulberry jam. Also food for birds - I hope to attract some songbirds with this!
Nadine P on Apr 20, 2017
I put the mulberries along a chicken run fence where I thought it would give great shade. Chickens love the treats and I highly recommend these fast growing fruit trees to anyone. Thanks to a blog I read on some easy things to grow online! These taste wonderful and I truly look forward to harvesting some this year for myself.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
We have this variety but our trees are older. And would like to have a new one to fall back on.
Rick P on Feb 8, 2017
TO distract birds from cherries + homemade wine.
CHRIS D on Jan 12, 2017
Recommended for our growth zone and we have grown it before and grandchildren love the fruit.
Steve H on Jan 5, 2017
Long Bearing Season.
James L on Nov 21, 2016
I chose it because it bears for several months, during which time I'll be able to use the fruit in my kitchen and to feed my rare heritage turkeys.
Kimberly W on Oct 7, 2016
rated as great tasting and excellent for the North
Vivian C on Oct 2, 2016
I am from Illinois, and remember the mulberries I at growing up. I also liked the description provided.
Gary F on Sep 18, 2016
Big berries when ripe very sweet
AL T on Sep 8, 2016
Sister has a Mulberry tree, very tasty
ERNEST H on Aug 25, 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
Had a mulberry tree at my husband's family property--his ancestors had planted it. Our grandson recently saw a mulberry tree and we told him about that tree. He picked a seed and wanted to plant a mulberry tree. So I'm getting these for him and the birds.
Carrie M on May 11, 2018
My grandmother had a mulberry tree in her backyard when I was a kid. They are one of my favorite berries.
Douglas C on Apr 21, 2018
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.
Are mulberries good to eat?
Dudleu on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes, they are sweet and delicious; no hard seeds. They are awesome!!
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.
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
I am looking for "red mullberry" said to be the on,y native mullberry are any of these native cultivars?
L S on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Illinois Everbearing Mulberry is a cross between a red mulberry (native to eastern and central North America) and a white mulberry, which is native to China.
can i grow mulberry smaller by keeping it in a container?
jjgarden on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: An excellent book on training any fruit tree to be small is "Grow a Little Fruit Tree" by Ann Ralph. It all comes down to timing and pruning. (An addition by the staff: this book is available here: //
I'm looking to buy a climbing tree for my kids. Will the purchased sapling provide low enough branches or have they already been groomed to have higher branches?
Kevie C on Aug 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My father has some of these trees planted in the 1970s. They do have nice limbs for climbing. I did this as a boy. They are however somewhat slow growing as they fill out. I have planted 5 of these myself about 6 years ago. They have grown in height very well, about 20 feet, but have not filled out much. This is an educated guess, it was long ago, but It seems that it took about 10-15 years to fill out enough to climb
I received the Illinois mulberry tree last spring and put it in a hugh pot. It probably grew a foot and had berries into the fall. I put it in the ground in the fall and it continued to grow and bare berries till frost. Soo pleased. When spring came I lightly fertilized the orchard of fruit trees and all the mulberry trees leaved out, but not this one! I'm in zone 6 and we did have some sub zero temps. But this tree is rated for zone 4- 6. Totally clueless and bewildered? I have other very small mulberry trees in this general area that did fine. Any advice appreciated.
Clueless in Va. on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My best guess, without knowing all the details, is that it didn't get enough water in the fall. The berries should have been removed when you put it in the ground as that was very stressful and likely the root system couldn't handle the repairing the damage to the roots and producing berries at the same time. The cold wasn't likely the issues as it was close to zero here for two weeks straight and mine survived but I planted it in the Spring and watered it all summer. Watering is critical for all new plantings.
What size and age are your Illinois ever bearing mulberry trees?
Frank P on Sep 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They ship professionally pruned at 1-2' tall, and are two years old.
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!
is fall good time to plant mulberry tree ?
Michael R on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
How big the fruit? and what color? is it sweet?
jerri W on Jul 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Most of the fruit is about an inch or more. It is sweet and delicious, the best mulberries I have eaten. They are even tasty and sweet when not fully ripe. So good that the birds really love them so I have bought a second tree so I can get some too!
Will Mulberry trees grow in clay soil ?
Iris S on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm in East TN. We have a lot of clay soil. I have five of these Mulberry trees. They are growing really good.
Are these trees jugone resistant?
James S on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Generally, mulberry trees are one of the trees that are somewhat tolerant of Black walnut trees and the jugone present in the soil. You will have to experiment to see if your tree will be tolerant.
Do you sell mulberry trees similar to the Illinois Everbearing? Your website says you no longer carry that variety.
Tom B on Nov 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: At this time we do not have a variety comparable to the Illinois mulberry, but I am including a link to the verities we carry and should have in the spring.
Does the Illinois Mulberry Tree come in Dwarf size?
Laurie W on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It does not, but you can keep it a dwarf size by pruning it back and/or growing it in a larger container.
can i get a 5-6 ft tree ?
rick w on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is the only size we have at the moment. It is in an EZ Start?? pot, which means it has an advanced root system and will get growing faster than you might think.
Is this mulberry grafted? If not can I count on it matching your description?
John M. M on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our mulberries are grown from rooted cuttings and yes, it will match the description.
Will mulberries grow well in climate warmer than zone 8?
Farisa S on Feb 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Zone 9 is about the furthest south mulberries will produce. The Illinois Everbearing Mulberry is a variety that's better suited to colder climates. Shangri La would be a better choice for a southern zone: //

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Excellent mulberry
Small tree was planted last spring and this spring we'll get to sample fruit. Tree is very healthy and loaded with berries at only five feet tall. They come as a stick in a box and before you know it, you have a tree.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
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
over 5 years 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
over 6 years 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
over 5 years ago
Grows Like a Weed
I live in southwestern Ohio and purchased an Illinois Mulberry tree about 10 years ago out of nostalgia from mulberry trees in our neighboorhood where I grew up. This tree took off immediately and has been thriving since producing beautiful leaves and abundant, tasty fruit. Also seems to help keep the birds away from my cherries. As I expand my cherrie orchard I also plan to purchase this tree as well as the other varieties offered by Stark Bros.
June 18, 2016
I like the tree
Sweet little trees had a few berries in year one. However deer seem to like the trees as much as i do. Time will tell how the tree takes the deer-pruning.
May 5, 2016
over 6 years 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
over 5 years 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
over 5 years ago
Very fast growing
I bought two of these trees and planted them in a spot where the ground is rocky and steep. Both trees grew like weeds, one had almost 5ft of growth, and the other grew 2ft until my cows pruned the top off. The two trees also had 6-8 berries each the first year being planted.
February 27, 2017
Quick Grower
Tree grows quick, doubling in size about every year. I have two now. Good addition to a food forest garden, for people and wildlife.
November 14, 2016
over 6 years ago