I was out working in the yard today and saw what looked like an unripe mulberry on the ground. I thought, “That’s weird. Maybe a bird flew it here and dropped it.” But then I saw another one. Hmmm…I looked up and the tree above was covered in what look to be mulberries! I’ve never seen berries on this tree before. I had done some heavy pruning on it earlier this spring to get more sun on my garden. I was even thinking of cutting it down to make space for something more useful. Now I feel kinda bad about it.
From researching mulberries this afternoon I found that they:
- don’t like big branches cut off…oops.
- live a long time-decades.
- mulberries aren’t berries, but are multiple fruits clustered together
- can grow 40-70 ft tall, depending on the variety–that can be a problem if it shades my garden.
Wildman Steve Brill’s website on mulberries has some great info about the tree varieties and harvesting. I’m not sure which variety I have. I’ll have to observe the berries and climb up and feel the leaves.
Here is some nutritional info on mulberries.
Now all I have to worry about is if I hurt this tree with the heavy pruning I did.
Oh, and sorry for the poor pictures. It was windy today and I had to zoom way in to get the berries to show up.