Black Mulberry

Black Mulberry

Scale in drawing:
1cm = 2m


The Black Mulberry

a) Average expected life of tree, in years, from sprout to death (approx numbers)

25 – 50 years

b) Years until trees first fruit (ie some trees fruit within a few years, others can take decades)

1st year

c) Season of year when productive tree fruits (ie Summer, Autumn, Winter Spring or combo ie Su/Au)

Late spring to summer

d) Expected or average number years tree expected to fruit for once it begins. (ie year 8 to 20 = 12 yrs)

40 years

e) Country/area of origin

South-west Asia

f) Average annual rainfall in area of origin

1494 mm

g) Latin name of tree and family

Morus Nigra

h) Any other products, benefits, useful or interesting facts about of tree:


Animal and Bee Fodder

Silk production

Source of wood

Use leaves for tea

Bark for stomach ache


Wind break


i) Height, width and shape of tree at maturity.

Height: 8 – 12 m

Width: 3 – 10 mm

30 -70cm trunk diameter

Shape: dense canopy, rounded/oval in shape.


j) challenges or special requirements, such as needing other varieties in order to fruit


pH 5.5-7

prefer loamy, moist, fertile and well-draining soil but capable of tolerating a range of soil conditions, including gravely, wet and alkaline soils, making them a good candidate for controlling erosion.

position in a warm, sunny location.


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