Q: What is the best location in your yard to plant the dwarf mulberry?
A: These are bushes that can grow quite tall. But they also will produce a great bounty. They do well in the summer sun after they are established. So with that in mind, they would do best near the outer areas of a yard, or as part of a hedge row. They can become afternoon summer shade providers if planted in front of an eastern facing wall. They can be a good survivor if planted in front of a southern or western-facing wall but will need additional help to get past the first couple years until they are established. They will do fine in front of a northern facing wall. If you choose to plant in the middle of a yard, they will obstruct the view of whatever is behind it.
Q: Can these be grown in a large pot?
A: Yes they can. But the pot needs to be off the ground a little or the roots will grow through to the ground. Due to this added area for heat exposure, be sure to shade the pot from the baking summer sun. Also for all pots, when checking moisture levels check on both the sunny and shady sides as the sunny side will dry out faster.
Q: does the dwarf black mulberry need 2 trees to produce fruit? How long before it produces? Thx
A: The Dwarf Black Mulberry is a prolific and self fruitful producer. In a pot, plan on 3-4 years before getting fruit but it can be sooner. In the ground plan on 2-3 years before getting fruit. In either location the prolific bounty should appear in years 4-5 and going forward.
Q: Do these come in pots or bare root?
A: These come in our standard growers pot of 4" by 4" by 9" tall.
Q: Can they be planted on the west side of a block wall with full afternoon sun?
A: Yes, these can be planted on the west side of a block wall as they do well in full sun. However in a location of full sun and radiated heat, while they are young they will need shade during the brutal summer days. Two helpful options are using a temporary shade structure on the western side of the plant during the first couple summers, and adding wooden trellising or other heat mitigation on the wall itself.
Q: Size of tree? Age? Is it grafted onto rootstock? If yes, type? Fruit size? These details left out of description.
A: These are young plants about a year old. They are typically about 1-2 feet tall above the pot. They are not grafted. And the fruit size is dime-sized but prolific.
Q: I’m thinking about removing my oleanders and replacing with dwarf mulberries. They would be next to a block wall that divides the yard between my neighbors. Is the root system invasive? Also does a mulberry taste like a blackberry?
A: Vigorous is a better term that we would use to describe the root system of a mulberry as they grow fast if given the space. And they have their own flavor. A sweet/tart combination that is frankly quite a joy in the summer.
Q: How big are now these trees ?
A: These are in our standard growers pot of 4" by 4" by 9" tall. They tend to be about 1-2 feet tall - but will grow quickly if given the root space.
Q: Are the Dwarf Black Mulberry or Pakistani Mulberry clonally propogated or are they open pollinated seedlings?
A: Great question. They are clone propagated.
Q: Hello is this plant a true Morus Nigra or an everbearing dwarf type?
A: I am going to guess the ever bearing dwarf!
Q: How far apart should you plant dwarf black mulberries?
A: They can be planted as close as you like. I have found fora hedge that 5 to 6 feet from trunk to trunk is a great distance for a hedge. 10 feet apart if you want them as a tree.
Q: I planted one of these mulberry bushes and have been training it as a tree. When planted last winter it was the size of a pencil in width and about a foot tall. In just over one year it is now 2+ inches in diameter and 7 or 8ft tall. Is that normal for this so called dwarf? I don't mind if it reaches 16 ft but I am worried it got someother variety that is much larger. Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you.
A: This is absolutely normal. We actually say that it is a dwarf berry not a dwarf plant. They can easily get to 16 feet - I keep mine at 8 feet by pruning.
Q: Is the pollen allergenic?
A: Great question. They do not make pollen. They are female and only make fruit. It is kinda like a hen laying a non fertile egg but we get the edible egg.
Q: I am wondering if these would do well in the Flagstaff area.
A: Yes they would do great there.
Q: Do you have any of the dwarf black mulberries left? Thank you.
A: We get 100's of them in each January and are usually sold out by Feb 15. Make sure to preorder so that you can pick yours up in January.
Q: do dwarf mulberries have thorns? Big, little, Multitudinous? Hurt?
A: Katherine - None whatsoever. No thorns - not even teeny ones!
Q: I bought four to provide afternoon shade.
How far apart should I plant them? How wide will they get?
Also, how deep do the roots get? It sounds like lots of roots?
Do they need a lot of water in summer? As much as an apple, apricot, peach tree?
A: Great questions. 5 feet apart is a great distance to create a hedge. They get 4 to 7 feet wide. I would assume that the roots will get as deep as the height. Not really sure. I would say they would need a little less water than peaches.
Q: How far apart should these be planted to create a hedge row?
A: Mitzi Lynn - I have found that a 5 foot distance from trunk to trunk is a great distance for a hedge on most trees and bushes.
Q: How far apart should you plant Dwarf Mulberry bushes?
A: A 5 foot distance from trunk to trunk is a great distance for a hedge on most trees and bushes. After that, it is dependent on what your goals are.
Q: How do you protect these trees and bushes from birds pecking the berries before you can get to them and keep them from pooping them out everywhere ?
A: Linda - Great question. You can use Tulle to cover the trees. In my experience there are so many berries on the Dwarf Black that there are plenty to share. Also the good news is they are not staining berries
Q: Thanks in advance for the help. Do the Dwarf Black Mulberry bushes do well in full sun?
Is this a good choice to grow between fruit trees?
Does the bush spread like bamboo?
They do great in full sun!
They grow like an oleander bush primarily. I don't know that I would put them between fruit trees if the fruit trees are closer than about 15 feet apart.
They are not invasive like bamboo. They do not grow from the roots.
Q: 1. How far do you plant from the pool or other hardscaping structures?
2. Does it stain?
A: Shilpa - Great questions
1. From a leaf and berry perspective I would not want them in the pool or on the deck. So I would push them as far away as you can. The dwarf black, like other fruit trees can by messy.
2. It has been my experience they do not stain.
Q: I was planning on planting two dwarf black mulberries along a north facing wall of my house and prune them into a 6' bush to shade the house wall and make the fruit easily accessible. How far from the foundation do they need to be planted? Could I plant them 12 in from wall? How invasive are the roots on the the dwarf black mulberry? Lots of websites talk about mulberries having very invasive damaging roots, so wondering if I should rethink putting them next to my house.
A: Great question. The roots on the dwarf Black mulberry are not invasive at all. I'm totally comfortable with planting them one for away from the house. They've got a lot of roots but they're not big so they don't do any damage.