Shangri La Mulberry

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Plump, bountiful berries with irresistible flavor. Relatively modest-sized tree yields plump, black fruit with a tantalizingly sweet-tart taste. Creates landscape interest with giant, heart-shaped leaves. Originated in Florida, but also grows well further north. Pest- and disease-resistant. Drought and heat-tolerant. Ripens April through summer. Self-pollinating. Morus alba

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest April Or May Through Summer
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 9
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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.


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
It attracts birds
Daryle A on May 12, 2020
We have a fruitless Mulberry and love it. Want to enjoy the fruits.
Joseph R on Apr 24, 2020
It attracts birds
Daryle A on May 12, 2020
Mulberries are delicious and they grow well in Arizona. It will also provide more shade for my backyard chickens as well as tasty treats.
Ashley P on Apr 30, 2020
We have a fruitless Mulberry and love it. Want to enjoy the fruits.
Joseph R on Apr 24, 2020
We used to have a mulberry tree at a former home and loved having so many fresh berries, so ordered this one to plant at our current home. We chose this specific one because it doesn't get as tall as some of the others.
Judith W on Oct 10, 2017
I've read that birds prefer mulberries, so planted it hoping to distract birds from my cherries, blueberries, etc. Mulberries are tasty, but IMHO only for fresh eating, they lose their flavor in jam, becoming kind of murky, just a general maple/caramel flavor.
Alexander on May 3, 2017
Sounded like a good-tasting variety and what we don't eat fall in the chicken yard and provide lots of free healthy chicken food.
RICK C on May 2, 2017
Grew up with mulberry Trees. Love their taste and profusion of crop. Not to mention fast growth and the shape and size of leaves. Overall great looking tree.
Jayant C on Apr 7, 2017
Looked like something my grandson would love picking, so I'm hoping for some fast growth. Planted it in the Fall, and it survived what was for South Texas a hard two- night freeze.
Richard A on Mar 24, 2017
My daughter-n-law requested it for her birthday. She said mulberries are yummy!
Sarah M on Mar 22, 2017
I used to eat the Mulberry fruit off my neighbors tree as a kid & wanted one for my own.
PATRICIA F on Mar 20, 2017
Actually needed a hardy tree or bush to put on a sunny side of my chicken fence. This has already grown tremendously and been producing fruit last year (same year I planted it) and the chickens love the treats. I've had a few as well and have to say they're delicious and look forward to this years.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
Great mulberry! Multiple crops a year. Tastes better than black berries!
RYAN H on Mar 12, 2017
taste great and makes plenty for the birds to keep them away from other trees
jordan m on Feb 14, 2017
I bought this because it tolerates acidic soil, and I'm planting near pine trees. It gets the size of a small tree. If I don't eat the fruit, then the wildlife will. It's low/no maintenance once established. It tolerates heat well.
JESSICA M on Feb 14, 2017
I chose the tree because of size, hardiness zoning, and described flavor. I've wanted a mulberry tree for a while, and with alimited space, I needed one that would not be 40' tall at maturity.
Timothy B on Sep 12, 2016
My new neighbors cut down the Mulberry tree to put in a pool. I enjoyed the Mulberry tree and wanted the birds, myself and my grandson to enjoy this wonderful fruit that I remember from my childhood in VA. I live in FL now and was very happy to see the tree since it reminded me of my childhood and my feet turning purple. Love that color! Now I will have another tree to remind me to think about nature and fun.
Patricia J on Sep 1, 2016
Easy to grow and self pollinating.
Penelope D on Aug 28, 2016
Size is right for the space I have. Good reviews.
Kathy C on Aug 25, 2016
my mom's childhood memories
vita b on Aug 17, 2016
Our summer vacation spot had two lovely mulberry trees. I have such great memories climbing the tree & eating the berries fresh. We have a decent plat of land and are starting a family this winter. Would love to have a producing mulberry tree when our kids are big enough to enjoy it!
Erin D on Jun 6, 2016
I ate mulberries as a child in our neighbor's cow pasture. Discovered a tree down my drive way 3 years ago after being here 5 years. Love eating them and sharing with friends and family that have never tasted one.
Emily R on Jun 4, 2016
I wanted a smaller size tree, easy for picking the fruit.
James S on Jun 1, 2016
I have not had mulberry in forty years i love to have two trees for my back yard.
Madison E on May 27, 2016
I have tried growing mulberry from seed with no success decided just easier and faster to buy the plant.
Anna S on May 17, 2016
Shangri La Mulberry is a great fruit tree. It requires little care, grows really well in the clay soil in our area, and produces abundant crops of jet black sweet berries year after year. I've recommended it to all my friends who have no green thumbs. I have had one of this species in my yard for 6 years and am purchasing it for a busy friend who has no time taking care of plants but want to plant one nice fruit tree for her kids.
YUANJING L on May 1, 2016
I ordered this tree because of the size it matures at as well as the type of fruit it produces. As a child I grew up eating these and prefer a more sweeter, blacker berry, that is not tart.
Spoon on Apr 25, 2016
I grew up with this plant in my back yard. It was my favorite plant in the world, between its sweet berries and the stains they put on your feet, there was no escaping its presence. It's leaves are beautiful and trunk is a work of art, not just your basic growth patterns. I love this tree and am super excited to start one on my property all these years later.
Joseph B on Apr 14, 2016
No thorns
Sharon R on Mar 17, 2016
For chicken lot and our use
Randolph E on Mar 5, 2016
Mulberries are delicious and they grow well in Arizona. It will also provide more shade for my backyard chickens as well as tasty treats.
Ashley P on Apr 30, 2020
We used to have a mulberry tree at a former home and loved having so many fresh berries, so ordered this one to plant at our current home. We chose this specific one because it doesn't get as tall as some of the others.
Judith W on Oct 10, 2017
Hello Stark Bro's. Is your Shangri La Mulberry "own roots" tree, or it is grafted? Thanks.
Valeria on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This tree is grown on its own roots (from rooted cuttings to guarantee the variety is true-to-name).
Can the mulberry tree be pruned to remain about 8-10 feet tall? I want to be able to reach most of the fruit without a ladder.
Dolly C on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I pruned mine starting early because I wanted it to stay shorter. Always recovered and put up new growth.
Honestly how does shangri-la taste compared to morus nigra?
Todd F on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The morus nigra is more Flavorful and juicy. That was what I thought I was getting. Oh well.
I am in Zone 8A. I received this tree in early November and planted it in accordance with the instructions. We have had an extremely mild winter so far, and now, in mid-January, the tree is starting to 'green-up' and bud out. Is this a problem? Will this affect the upcoming growing season? Should I protect it in a cold snap (we can still get into the lower 20s until late February, early March)?
Timothy B on Jan 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A tree's vegetative buds (leaves and branches) are comparatively more "frost tolerant" than its fruiting buds. Any new leaves that are hit with freezes/frost may be damaged and lost, but they will be replaced during the growing season. If you are able to protect your tree during a cold snap (blankets, burlap and straw, etc.) it will help reduce the risk of injury.
can you use the leaves to make tea?
Linda T on Mar 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! Mulberry tea is a real treat.
We live in the Mohave Desert in Zone 8a with winter lows as low as teens and summer high with several weeks 110 or above .. will this tree tolerate such extremes?
Susie N on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This exceptional tree is drought and heat-tolerant, and will survive the cold provided you properly winterize it in the fall. It is suited for your zone. With proper care and attention, it should do fine.
Im interested in buying a Mulberry tree. What is the main difference between the Illinois and Shangri La? Also, since it arrives in late October, do I keep it indoors over the winter?
Alan A on Sep 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine right away and its been two years now and its already taller then my house. I do not know what the Illinois is like but the Shangri La has been growing great in my area .
Growing up I believe a gentleman up the road had one of these. But I remember it being like a weeping willow. Is that this tree?
Gina B on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a mulberry variety that is considered to be "weeping," but Shangri-La is an upright tree
I'm in zone 7A. About how tall will this tree get (Shangri La Mulberry)?
STEVEN W on May 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The Shangri La mulberry will mature to be 18 to 20 ft. tall.
I???d like to plant this in a sunny spot at the edge of our forested yard to attract birds. The soil is clay, not loamy. And we have deer. Would the tree stand a chance if I protected it for a few years?
Tracey F on May 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you do not have loamy soil I recommend you amend the soil with Bark, sawdust, manure, leaf mold, compost and peat moss are among the organic amendments commonly used to improve clay soil . As for the deer they like to much on plants near by so if you live in a high populated area then I recommend some type of barrier the 1st year or even planting in a pot and transplanting during dormancy later on down the road.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When will it be in stock?
Kiolah H on Mar 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are out of stock this spring. Make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again. It may be fall before this is available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can Shangri La Mulberry trees and Almond trees grow well in 10 gallons pots?
Joyce J on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: you can for while, But not for long. Maybe for staging, Until you find a place to
plant it for good. The tree grows to 20 ft. tall.
Will you have any grafted ones soon?
Kiolah H on Apr 24, 2020
I bought my plant 4 years ago and haven???t had any fruit yet?
Deborah H on Mar 26, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Takes a Licking & Keeps On Ticking!
Headed into my third year w/ this tree. I live in the South where the weather fluctuates wildly. Also I'm a dumb newbie at gardening and made a LOT of mistakes the first year which detrimentally affected the tree (e.g., who knew the deer would eat all the leaves off! :-P). This variety has been 100% idiot-proof and 100% weather-proof. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Nice long fruiting season as well. My only warning to fellow noobs is you might think it's dead when everything else is in bloom and it hasn't even budded yet. It's not, it's just very late to bud, at least in a valley in Zone 7. I'm toying with buying another of these and recommend this variety without hesitation.
May 18, 2016
Quadrupled in size the first year
Since hubby has retired, we have been trying to create a more edible landscape in our zone of 8B. We also have a flock of chickens and had been looking for something they would enjoy too. Mulberries are a high protein fruit and the chickens love them. We planted the Shangri La 14 months ago. It has grown at a remarkable rate and we had a nice amount of mulberries that we "shared" with the chickens. We still see them circling the tree looking for them even though they are gone. Can't wait for next year. We planted an Illinois Everbearing last fall to extend our mulberry season.
May 23, 2016
over 6 years ago
Easy care tree, juicy berries
The tree is growing well, is disease free and beginning to fruit in it's second year. I am training it as a espalier and the broad, delicate leaves are beautiful. Berries are are ~1-2 inches long, black and delicate. Wish they were a little more acidic and distinctive in flavor, but my son loves them and picks them just as fast as they ripen. The juice is purple and stains, so I do not recommend planting near a concrete driveway or other surface that may discolor easily.
I love this tree and can't wait for more fruit.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
great growth
These little guys aren't so little any more. I bought them to replace other fruit trees and they surpassed them in height. I credit that to your root system. They exceeded my expectation.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Lots of fruis and very tasty with first year
We got that little tree and this year it is already full with fruit. They are very, very tasty. We love it!
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great growth!
This tree is great! This is our second year with it and it is full of berries. Plan on buying more because they are good for feeding birds and drawing them away from the other fruit.
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
Surviving the drought
Despite drought conditions in Southern California, this mulberry tree has stayed healthy and grown quickly. It is creating fruit after just over a year in the ground. The mulberry has become quite a favorite in my family.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Easy to grow
I was pleasantly surprised at how fast this mulberry has grown. It shot up more than 4 feet over last summer. After a brief nap in the winter (or at least what passes for winter here in zone 9a) it's right back to growing. It requires no care other than water when it's been dry and the occasional pruning of a broken branch. The storms have been wicked this spring, but this mulberry rides them out like a champ.
May 25, 2017
over 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate your positive feed back. Thank you for choosing Stark Bro's for your planting needs. Your planting success is important to us.
May 26, 2017
Elizabeth D Staff
Growing great
Shangri La Mulberry is growing great planted last spring. Planted a three feet long stick and now have 9 feet tall 3 feet wide tree with good tasting mulberries.
June 1, 2017
over 4 years ago
Doing Nicely
The tree arrived in great condition and has adapted well. It leaved out quickly with a few fruit the first year and now has started growing.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago