Many people worldwide enjoy the mulberry fruit both fresh and dried. Every country has its favorite. Red Mulberry is the indigenous North American species of mulberry found from Texas to Illinois. The fruits from this species are less insipid than most with a bit of tartness and a less watery flavor compared to the common mulberries often encountered. Our seedlings are grown from wild collected seeds in its range. One inch red ripening to violet fruits ripen in mid-summer. Easy to grow in any soil. Vigorous growth averaging 3-5 ft. per year. Fruits in 4-5 years from seedling when they reach 6-8 ft. tall.
As far as we know all plants are self fruitful. Having two plants is ideal for better fruit set as there may be some plants that are self infertile. So far all plants are productive at our farm with no infertile plants.
Note on hybrids and seed source: These plants are grown from seed from so called 'pure' red mulberries in Missouri and other midwestern locations where there are sizeable populations and less likely to cross with the other mulberries brought to the U.S. hundreds of years ago. It is possible there are hybrids in this mix but from what we have seen from growing and fruiting them, there are none. But a genetic test would easily solve that riddle. Some information that is available on this species and others is incorrect. One being using the lobed or not lobed leaves as an indicator of so called ' genetic purity'. Plants can have both types of leaves on the same tree which may change as the tree matures. We cannot guarantee purity with our red mulberries.
|Genus & Species||Morus rubra|
|Pollination Requirements||Complex. Male and female flowers separate but on same tree. Plant 2 for best fruit production.|
|Soil||Super adaptable from rock to clay.|
|Climate||Does best in zone 5-9.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Very vigorous growing 4 ft. per year until fruiting. Anyone can grow this plant.|