Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Mulberry Tree

I have been thinking a lot of getting us a Mulberry tree for our chicken area.. Here is the info I have gathered on these trees. I'm looking at a dwarf type which after speaking to the nursery gets about 10' high!

Mulberries have milky sap. (Note: Some people can get a rash from contact with the leaves or stems)

Mulberry trees have golden yellow foliage in the fall, and loose their leaves in the winter. Which is Perfect since this will be planted in my chicken area to give summer shade and winter sun!!

The fruit resembles a blackberry, 1 to 1½ inches long. They are red when they are "green" (immature) and turn dark purple to black when ripe. They are very sweet and edible. Great for pies and jams and forage for the chickens!

Although it is tolerant of air pollution, dry conditions, and resists most pests, Mulberries perform its best on moist soils.

Some mulberries have a very low chill factor (about 150 hours) making it ideal for our subtropical climate. Pruning after fruiting encourages multiply cropping throughout the summer.

It is best to pick the fruit when ripe, as it doesn't ripen further off the tree. A benefit of a mulberry tree is that the fruit ripens over an extended period of time unlike other fruit that often ripens all at once.

I will be purchasing one of these bad boys this fall from the USF Fall Plant Festival (October 8th and 9th). Ive already been in contact with a vendor who provides them : )

2 comments:

  1. You should realy take a trip to crowelys in sarasota. I promise it is worth the trip. I used to have a dearf everbearing mulberry. It was a great bush. i would get fruit off and on through out the year. My only draw back was I never got enough to make any with and the fruit was not as sweet as the regular mulberry. Having said that, it is still a great plant to have in your yard. If you ever want a cutting of tice mulberry or anything else, let me know, I am happy to share!
    Ariel
    http://flowersandflour.blogspot.com/

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  2. actually thats the vendor i was in contact with. They said if i let them know what i want they will bring it when they come to USF

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