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Black Mulberry Morus nigra

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Product Description



It is a deciduous, round-headed, medium sized tree with a low spreading canopy and heart-shaped leaves that turn a wonderful yellow in autumn.
Self-fertile so no other mulberry is required to produce a crop of fruit it produces oval, dark purple and red edible fruit in late summer. Succulent tart sweet fruit used in jams jellies and wine. They are harvested by spreading a sheet on the ground and shaking the tree.  Mulberries are not produced on a commercial scale as they do not travel well and need to be picked when fully ripe. Only prune when dormant to prevent bleeding. It will need a warm sunny site if it is to produce a good crop of fruit.

Black Mulberry is native to south West Asia. They were introduced into the UK in the 17th century to help with the cultivation of the silk worm.  James 1st encouraged the planting of mulberry all over the country not realizing that silk worms prefer white mulberry. Consequently the country side has plenty of old mulberry trees showing a curious, gnarled and twisted appearance

Did you know?

Mulberry trees were once commonly planted in prison yards for the inmates to walk round as part of their exercise regime.  Hence the rhyme ‘here we go round the mulberry bush’ is said they have originated from that practice.

Here we go ‘round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go ‘round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning
This is the way we wash our face
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning
This is the way we comb our hair
Comb our hair, comb our hair
This is the way we comb our hair
So early in the morning



Mature Height

Small - 5-10 metres


5-10 metres

Shape / Habit

Round Headed

Growth Rate


Soil Type

Light sandy

Sun Levels

Full sun

Difficulty / Hard to Grow


Evergreen / Deciduous


Autumn Colour


Leaf Colour



Late to leaf
Large Leaves

Berries / Fruit Colour



Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Encourages wildlife
Edible Fruit/Nuts



Other Features

Needs shelter
Dislikes cold sites

Fruiting Period


Fruit Attributes


Fruit Pollination Type

Self Fertile

Fruit Colour


Fruit Size



For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water. It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree. In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass. When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree. It is vital that for at least 3 years after planting your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one metre wide completely free of grass.

  1. Mulch mats are an effective way to stop grass and weeds, although they will require a careful eye to make sure they continue to work. After clearing the ground around the tree, firmly fit the mat by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this. Be careful not to allow the woodchip to touch the stem as it can cause rot.
  2. Weed killer is very effective, however it is harmful to the environment. Organic weed killers usually do not kill roots. Weed killer needs to be applied each year for the first 3 years, preferably when the tree is dormant, or just once before applying a mulch mat.
  3. Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem. Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree. Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm. The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots. Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150 1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175 1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping. These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens. Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees. Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge. Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

Are the delivery costs the same no matter how many plants I order?

Yes the delivery costs stay the same no matter how many plants you have on your order. They are worked out based on your distance from our nursery and can be found here.

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