A four-year-old black mulberry
It's hard to believe this tree was just a sad-looking bare root twig when I popped it in the ground almost exactly four years ago:
It's got at least a six-inch diameter on the trunk now. I love it.
I was actually able to find the original order receipt from Gurney's nursery in my old e-mails:
That tree is now about 20' tall, maybe taller.
I don't recommend Gurney's Nursery in general. Though they're large and have a big selection at low prices (when they do sales in particular), the quality on their fruit trees isn't nearly as high as Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.
Or the quality you'll find at Florida Food Forests, for that matter.
Anyhow, when I planted this mulberry I was just learning about the tree. This particular specimen (and its Frankenberry sister in the food forest) just doesn't make as large a fruit, or as much fruit, as I would like to see.
But it did grow big very quickly. It looks like it will be an excellent climbing tree in a few more years. And though the fruit isn't incredible or as ridiculously profuse as it is on my Illinois Everbearing tree, it's still delicious and abundant.
I'm collecting better varieties of mulberry in my nursery for sale this new year. Last year I almost sold out of everything, even tiny trees. This year I'll be propagating a lot more, plus working on getting some root stock going so I can graft some oh-do-difficult-to-root Pakistan Long mulberry trees and sell them. That's at least a one-year proposition however... so stay tuned.
As for this tree... time is a wonderful thing. Put in trees right now and you'll be peering up at them in just a few years. There's no time like the present to plant. Get out there and plant!
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