[NAFEX] Mulberries - How Good

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Mon Aug 22 23:01:20 EDT 2005

I've had Illinois Everbearing winterkill more than once here in the  
colder portion of Zone 5. Typically, it makes overly vigorous growth  
-- four feet or more in a season -- which then dies back, or the  
whole tree dies. I'm grafting some this spring onto some wild  
seedlings and I'll try growing them under leaner conditions to  
toughen them up for winter.

Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening

On Aug 22, 2005, at 10:15 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

> Does anyone have luck with growing Illinois Everbearing in zone 4  
> or is that pushing the envelope too much?  I've planted a couple  
> over the years but they've winterkilled.
> On Aug 22, 2005, at 9:10 AM, Lucky Pittman wrote:
>> At 10:27 PM 8/21/2005, Ed wrote:
>>> I tasted one in Oregon a few years ago that was very good, but  
>>> was told that it probably would not survive the PA winters. I  
>>> have planned to graft some of the many wild ones with "better"  
>>> varieties. What are the best recommendations for zone 5 ??
>> Ed,
>> I suspect most of the M.albaXrubra selections will be plenty hardy  
>> for you.  In my orchard, Illinois Everbearing is the 'gold  
>> standard' - large fruits, good flavor with a good balance of sweet  
>> & tart, and it bears from mid-June through late July.
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