[NAFEX] mulberry

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Feb 1 18:03:49 EST 2008


I don't know how hardy it is, but St. Lawrence Nurseries propagates
Northrop mulberry that originated in New York State along the
U.S.-Canadian border (see
http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/timber.html#Northrop_Mulberry).  I noticed
that it is offered again this year after having been out of the catalog
for two or three years.  I've always wondered if it would prove to be as
hardy here in the Upper Midwest, where the air is less humid in the
winter.  -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry


Thank you for the info.  We were on a hiking trip and stopped under the
tree for about 10 minutes.  The guide called the tree a black mulberry.
I was too tired to pay it much attention.  I wish I could grow a
mulberry tree on the Canadian border.

---- Original Message ----
From: Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 15:14:25 -0600

>Ernest, I know that M. rubra, the native red mulberry, grows naturally 
>along many of the streams in eastern and central Kansas.
>
>M. alba, the Russian or Tartarian mulberry, is used extensively in
>shelterbelts and windbreaks throughout the state.  However, birds have
>scattered the seed so that it is commonly seen in alley ways, in
>ditches
>and along roads as well as in uncultivated and ungrazed areas
>throughout
>much of the state.
>
>As someone else pointed out, M. rubra, M. alba and the hybrid all can
>produce black fruit.  Depending on the tree, M. alba produces fruit 
>that ranges from a creamy white to pink to rosy red to black.  It was 
>one of
>the few fruits that we had on our farm in west-central Kansas (near
>Hays).  Mom made jam and pies from the Russian mulberries, often
>mixing
>them with rhubarb.  We also ate them fresh as a dessert with thick,
>sweet cream and sprinkled with sugar.  I made homemade wine.  But
>most
>of the fruit our trees produced probably went down the hatch when we
>were picking them for her.  Many of our neighbors did not have
>mulberry
>trees, so they'd pick them at our place.  Those Volga German ladies
>also
>used them in Kuchen and in Maultaschen, a filled pasta similar to
>sweet
>vareniki or pierogi. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.   
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
>Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:29 PM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry
>
>
>Mulberry tree was growing about 30 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas,
>Fruit was black and red, long and tasty.  The reason I called it a 
>black mulberry because I was told that when I was eating them.  I can't
>recall
>the shape of the leaves but the tree was large.  It was the only
>mulberry tree I saw there.
>
>---- Original Message ----
>From: Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberry
>Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:41:09 -0600
>
>>Ernest, I may be mistaken, but I don't think black mulberries (M.
>>nigra)
>>are winter hardy in Kansas.  The black mulberries you picked in
>Kansas
>>were most likely (M. rubra, M. alba or a hybrid of the two).  Where
>>was this black mulberry tree growing and what makes you think it was 
>>M. nigra? -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org 
>>[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
>>Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 11:46 AM
>>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>>Subject: [NAFEX] mulberry
>>
>>
>>Jim Fruth writes that he grows mulberries in Pequot Lakes,
>Minnesota.
>>What variety of mulberry do you grow, Jim?   I saw a few red
>mulberry
>>trees growing on and around the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.
>
>>Saw a few white mulberry seedlings growing in Minneapolis.  Picked 
>>black mulberries  a few years ago in Kansas and thought they tasted 
>>good. Never thought they would grow in zone 3a.  Jim, you are not
>far
>>from Brainerd what zone are you in, 3b or 4?
>>
>>
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