[NAFEX] Mulberry trees

Jay Cutts orders at cuttsreviews.com
Thu Jun 10 12:39:16 EDT 2010


Hi, Caren.

I'm not sure zone numbers alone tell you much.  I'm in New Mexico!!  
You'd think I could grow anything here.  But the combination of altitude 
(7000 ft), strong winds, bright sun, dryness and lack of snow cover have 
contributed to Illinois Everbearing not surviving here.  The variety 
that St. Lawrence sells, Northrup I think it's called, has survived.  
There is just enough difference to make a world of difference.

Regards,

Jay

Jay Cutts
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Caren Kirk wrote:
> Helene and Jay
>  
> Firstly Helene what a wonderful thing to want to preserve this tree 
> and its fruit that obviously hold strong memories for you.
>  
> I do however have a question. In my pursuit to fill my garden with all 
> things fruitful, I did actually consider planting a Mulberry. Ken 
> Taylor at Windmill Point Farm in Montreal lists Illinois Everbearing 
> and Carman as suitable for Z4 (I am Z4b, I imagine about the same zone 
> as you are Helene)
>  
> In the end I decided to dedicate my somewhat limted space to other 
> types of fruit, but for future reference, is the general opinion that 
> Ken is being a little too optimistic? He is a little warmer than me 
> down in Montreal.
>  
> Caren Kirk
> St. Jerome, QC
>
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     *From:* Hélène Dessureault <mailto:interverbis at videotron.ca>
>     *To:* North American Fruit Explorers <mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>     *Sent:* Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:48 AM
>     *Subject:* Re: [NAFEX] Mulberry trees
>
>     To collective wisdom and skills,
>      
>     The mention of mulberry attached reminded me to check on a
>     mulberry tree planted on the lawn of a now abandonned and
>     demolished farm house located in the midst of a national park. The
>     owner, a retired gentleman, who was my closest neighbour then used
>     to place a blanket under the tree to pick berries. Upon shaking
>     the tree, mulberries of all colors would fall: green, all shades
>     of red and black. He would select the ripe ones and make a pie....
>     This was in the early 1980!
>      
>     Yesterday, I found the tree, which is now a type of big bush as
>     there is a lot of side shoots that have grown unchecked, but it is
>     FULL of green berries... In zone 4, this mulberry is a gem, as I
>     don't know of any other successful mulberry tree north of the
>     Outaouais River (Ottawa)...This one is an old old tree, well
>     established, has survived all kinds of weather. The wife of the
>     father of this man (now deceased) came from Virginia. We can only
>     guess the age of the tree, as this man told me his father planted
>     the tree...
>      
>     I would like to reproduce this mulberry, what do you suggest?
>     There is no rush to do anything as I don't have reasons to suspect
>     that the tree will disappear shortly...
>      
>     I could verify to see if the berries on the undergrowth branches
>     are the same as the original tree buried somewhere in the mass, to
>     try to determine whether this is a graft or a seedlings? I could
>     go back this Summer to collect berries and compare quality? What
>     would be the best method to multiply this tree?
>      
>     If I were to graft, what do I use for rootstock? Providing that I
>     am dealing with a seedling, maybe stooling would be the answer?
>      
>     Comments and advices would be greatly appreciated.
>      
>     Hélène, north of Ottawa
>
>         ----- Original Message -----
>         *From:* Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) <mailto:Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us>
>         *To:* North American Fruit Explorers
>         <mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>         *Sent:* Wednesday, June 09, 2010 10:57 AM
>         *Subject:* [NAFEX] In Washington, mulberry trees offer many
>         immigrants a taste of home (Washington Post)
>
>         In Washington, mulberry trees offer many immigrants a taste of
>         home
>         <http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060702149.html&ct=ga&cad=:s1:f2:v0:i0:lt:e2:p2:t1275972447:&cd=HoengTJ9aaU&usg=AFQjCNEo6IwelLdhDdMMzHcU28quzI3tag>  
>          (Washington Post)     Mulberry trees are popular with the
>         Washington area's immigrant population, although the *fruit*
>         has never really caught on in the United States. *...*
>
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