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Yellow Leaves on Fruitless Mulberry?

The fruitless 'mulberry was not fruitless originally. It is a product of much time, energy, knowledge, and hard work.

The tree from which it was derived was not even a native to our country. Our native mulberry is the red mulberry,

Morus rubra is found in the eastern part of the country, from Massachusetts to Kansas and down to the Gulf coast.

The predecessor to the fruitless mulberry was the- white mulberry, Morus alba. It is native to eastern and central China and has been naturalized in Europe for centuries. This tree was introduced into America in early colonial times for silkworm culture. The white mulberry leaves are the main diet for silkworms. It was hoped that the silk industry would become prosperous in this country, but it never did, so the idea was abandoned. Even though the silk industry didn't make it here, the trees flourished. They have overrun the red mulberry in its native environment.

The white mulberry became a fast-growing shade-- a tree that many people liked for its fruit and dense shade on hot days. There grew an objection to the fruit, which could become quite messy if it was not picked and used. Work was begun on creating a tree that would provide quick shade without the mess of the fruit. With time and work, it was; accomplished.

The fruitless mulberry is a deciduous tree, growing to 35 feet high with a wider spread. The leaves vary in form but are usually lobed, sort of like a maple leaf. They are relatively thin, glossy, and light green. In autumn, they turn yellow and fall, making a lot of work raking and disposing of them, but they are an excellent addition to the compost pile. In spring, they will flower and produce vast amounts of pollen. If you have allergies, beware! The flowers 'fall ' and create a mess but don't produce fruit. The branches proliferate; a new shoot can become 8 to 10 feet long in one season but very thin.

Make sure your tree is planted in full sun with lots of space to spread out. A well-drained deep loam is ideal; however, these trees will do well even in dense clay. As a lawn tree, they do great, sharing the water and fertilizer used on the grass. They do have heavy surface roots, though. Prune the tree every year to keep them in bounds. If you don't like the look of a bare trunk with a bunch of rough knobs at the top, you can selectively prune the branches, removing some and thinning and shortening others to keep a healthy-looking specimen. These trees don't usually have many pest problems:

Acquaintances of mine have a couple of these trees; I can't recall them that mentioned they had a pest problem.

They are lovely shade- trees and, if so inclined, great for climbing. In autumn, you burn many calories by raking in the abundance of leaves, an excellent benefit for your compost pile.

Source of Information on the Fruitless Mulberry Tree


Mulberry Tree - TN Nursery

Mulberry Tree

The Mulberry Tree has lobed leaves, often found in various species such as white, red, or black mulberries. It produces sweet, berry-like fruits that vary in color, providing shade and a tasty harvest for many. The tree is a timeless and multifaceted addition to landscaping, bringing many benefits beyond its ornamental appeal. Its majestic stature and distinctive foliage make it an excellent choice for enhancing outdoor spaces, offering aesthetic and functional advantages. In terms of aesthetics, it boasts a unique and elegant appearance that can complement various landscaping styles. Its broad canopy and lush green leaves provide ample shade and create a tranquil ambiance, making it an inviting spot for relaxation, gatherings, and outdoor activities. The Benefits Of Planting Mulberry Tree Functionally, it offers numerous benefits. Its dense canopy provides adequate shade, helping to mitigate the harsh effects of sunlight and reducing temperatures in its vicinity. This feature creates a more comfortable outdoor environment and contributes to energy savings by lowering cooling demands for nearby buildings during hot seasons. Moreover, the Tree's roots help prevent soil erosion, stabilize the soil structure, and improve water retention, which is advantageous for controlling runoff and maintaining healthy soil conditions in landscaped areas. The tree also supports local wildlife by providing a valuable food source. Birds, such as robins and cedar waxwings, are particularly drawn to its fruit, enhancing biodiversity and creating a harmonious ecosystem within the landscape. Additionally, the Tree's leaves serve as food for certain caterpillars and insects, further contributing to the diversity of local fauna. In conclusion, its role in landscaping transcends mere aesthetics. Its stature, shade provision, and positive environmental impact make it a valuable asset to any outdoor space. Combining its ornamental appeal with its practical benefits, this Tree is a testament to nature's ability to enhance our surroundings' beauty and functionality. Improve Your Landscape With Mulberry Tree The presence of Mulberry Trees in your environment improves the look and feel of the area. A tree even gives you a lovely shade since it grows tall and has large spreading canopies. The tree grows to provide an excellent relaxing spot for the summer. The tree sheds off its leaves in colder seasons, allowing you to experience the little sun available. You will love the berries these trees produce as they are sweet and can be eaten straight out of being picked. The berries even improve the appearance of the tree. When ripe, mulberries are dark and juicy and give out a great flavor. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy these fruits and even use them to make jams and desserts. Unlike other trees, the mulberry grows fast and can produce fruits after only two years. The Fruit Of The Mulberry Tree Typically, different trees produce fruit after ten years or so. After its second year, your tree will keep increasing its fruit production and reach its maximum sometime in its tenth year. The trees are pretty hardy and can grow in poor conditions. The tree can tolerate many types of soils, environments, and weather conditions. Interestingly, deserts and the hot tropics are the only known challenging climates for the tree. They are usually capable of surviving arid seasons and can even tolerate the coldest of temperatures. Mulberry trees attract lots of animals and insects, and these can help beautify your property to a significant extent. Beautiful birds and insects perch on the tree to get to the berries. This is the reason why nature lovers appreciate this tree. If you own a farm or other plants, the tree can also distract animals from eating your food. The berry production of the trees is enough to feed the birds, insects, animals, and even you.

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