Mulberries (Morus sp.) belong to the family Moraceae, which also includes figs and breadfruit. Originating in the Middle East, the Mulberry tree is now widespread in many other countries, where the fruit is prized for its sweetness. The ripe fruit is not only eaten fresh, but used in pies, cordials, wines and tea. It has been grown in Asia and Europe for hundreds of years.
The species Morus alba from the eastern and southern region of China, has been cultivated exclusively for its leaves, which when fed to silkworms, produces superior quality silk.
Botanically, the Mulberry is not a berry but an aggregate fruit (like a swollen blackberry) which grows on a large spreading deciduous tree.
In time, the tree can reach from 5 to 10 metres tall with a spread of 5 to
15 m, depending on the species and cultivars grown. Controlling the growth by pruning while the tree is dormant will keep the
Topics touched briefly are:
- Mulberry Types
- Black Mulberry (Morus nigra)
- Dwarf Black Mulberry (Morus nigra)
- Shahtoot Mulberry (Morus macroura)
- Red Mulberry (Morus rubra 'Hicks Fancy')
- White Mulberry (Morus alba)
- Weeping Mulberry (Morus alba 'Pendula')
Don't miss our little recipe for Stewed Mulberries!