In a message dated 14/12/01 11:32:57 am, ThurmanConsult@xxxxxxxxxxx.com
<< I saw them in August and there was no fruit - but they were quite young
specimens. It could be a messy problem.... >>
It could indeed be a messy problem if the tree is planted in the wrong place.
Mulberry trees do not tend to produce fruit until they are well established
young trees of around 25 years old. When they do, the fruit is very like
large Logan berries, which are formed red and turn black before dropping from
the tree in a juicy mess in late summer.
They are very tasty if you get them just right, but be prepared to get
covered in dark red juice. If you can collect enough without eating them
fresh, then they make a very nice wine (a rich gold liquid which can be very
Another problem with growing mulberries tends to be the weak structural form
of the tree. All mulberry trees that I have come across, have suffered from
branch drop, are leaning or a large stem has slit out (due to tight forks).
However, they do make very interesting and attractive trees in sheltered
locations on grass (where the berry drop is not likely to be a problem).
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