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Morus nigra (Black Mulberry)

Black Mulberry, Common Mulberry, Persian Mulberry, Sycamine Tree


Well-known for its edible fruit, Morus nigra (Black Mulberry) is a broad-crowned small deciduous tree with heart-shaped dark green leaves, 5 in. long (12 cm), turning yellow in the fall. Slender but with numerous branches, it can produce a dense and shady canopy. Inconspicuous flowers held on short, green catkins appear in the axils of the current season’s growth and on spurs on older wood. In late summer to early fall, it bears edible, oval, succulent, dark purplish-red fruits, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). Large and juicy, with a blend of sweetness and tartness, they are superior in taste to the white mulberry, Morus alba, and are used for marmalade, syrup, and jellies. Morus nigra is a popular ornamental tree in gardens, and also used for bonsai or small indoor plants.

  • Grows up to 30-40 ft. tall (9-12 m) and 35-50 ft. wide (10-15 m).
  • A full sun lover, Black Mulberry is easily grown in humus-rich, fertile,moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Generally pest free. Keep an eye out for leaf spot, canker, coral spot and powdery mildews.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers outdoors in autumn or by semi-hardwood cuttings in mid-summer.
  • Native to Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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