Description: Catkin-like spikes of greenish-white flowers in early spring become purplish-red, edible fruits in early summer; large, downy, 5”-leaves are both lobed and unlobed; bright yellow fall color
Habit: Grows 35-50 feet high and up to 40 feet wide with a spreading to rounded crown; reaches fruiting age at approximately 10 years of growth
Culture: Prefers full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Eastern North America
Attributes: Attracts birds; Edible fruits; Fall color; Drought tolerant
Our native Red Mulberry, rare in cultivation and now uncommon in the wild, ranges across most of eastern North America and was once an important source of food, medicine, fiber, and building material for indigenous peoples. Introduced into cultivation in 1629, Jefferson included Morus rubra in his list of edible native plants in Notes on the State of Virginia (1782) and his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph, noted this species in bloom at Monticello on April 30, 1791. The sweet and juicy fruits may be eaten fresh or made into jams, jellies, and wines, but be sure to plant trees away from homes, driveways, and sidewalks as they can be quite messy while fruiting.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is approximately 2’ tall. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9,zone10
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.