The white mulberry is a medium large deciduous tree with a broad canopy renowned as a shade maker in hot climates. The species is a native of China where its leaves are used to feed worms used in the ancient process of silk making. The strong trunk and branches bear a pleasing grayish-white smooth bark from which it received its common name. Leaves are very large, oval to heart shaped and bright glossy green. Foliage turns butter yellow in the fall.
In early spring the white mulberry produces insignificant flowers which are followed by large quantities of insipid yet edible raspberry-like fruit. It is considered a nuisance for littering pavement with fruits, but is appealing to birds and other forms of wildlife. White mulberry grows in all soil types provided they are well drained. This tree is notoriously surface rooted, which can damage paving and foundations. It is a very fast grower if provided regular water, but is also very drought resistant. To compensate for prolonged drought trees simply slow growth and may become stunted over time. Due to the fruit, the species is rarely grown in gardens, but its many fruitless cultivars have become a staple shade maker for homes in the far western states.
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Genus - Morus
Species - Alba
Common name - White Mulberry
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 20'-30' / 6 - 9 m
Spread - 10' / 3 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Shade Trees, Street Trees
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
1. Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process daily for 4 days
2. Cold stratify for 90 days. Place the white mulberry seeds in a plastic bag with the moist vermiculite or steriler soil/sand and seal the bag. Place the bag in a refrigerator at +4C (40F) for two to three months.
3. Fill a seed tray with rich loam and sow the white mulberry seeds onto the soil. Place the tray in a greenhouse. The ideal temperature for germinating the seeds is +30C (86F) during the day and +20C (68F) at night.
White mulberry seeds germinate in one to two weeks under ideal circumstances.
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