[NAFEX] Pollarding a mulberry and tree decapitation

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Jun 5 14:57:08 EDT 2009

When I was at Davis, very close to Sacramento, just about every 
mulberry was pollarded annually.  If you wanted lots of poles for your 
garden, you just had to collect them at pruning time.  The trees were 
all males so even when a shoot or two was missed and came into bloom, 
no fruit.  In the oldest part of town you could find unpollarded 
bearing females.   I even have a seedling of one. Morus alba, with 
small berries.  It doesn't like our wetter, cooler climate, though, and 
has lots of dieback.  Pollarding would improve it in that case.
	I will say that in my opinion the pollarded trees looked great in full 
leaf, but ugly as heck when dormant.
-Lon Rombough
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On Jun 5, 2009, at 11:42 AM, Kevin Moore wrote:

I don't know about fruit production, but pollarding mulberries has a 
long history in China as a means of raising silkworms. I believe many 
mulberries along the streets of Sacramento are, or were, pollarded just 
for the sake of keeping them smaller.
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