[NAFEX] dwarf mulberry
rattler_mt at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 2 13:46:55 EDT 2009
the weeping mulberry only gets as high as you train it.....it seems to be a very hardy variety surviving two of out brutal winters so far with the only real protection being it fairly close to the south side of the house so it doesnt get directly nailed by the north winds.....it has had a couple nights of -60 air temps(without counting windchill) and have only experienced about 5-10% winter kill which isnt much given how fast it will grow....the berries however seem to be small so far but it produces alot......the flavor is good but kind of one dimensional as its mainly sweet with no tart like a raspberry has to balance it....i have not had a chance to compare it to any other mulberry as they arent native to the high plains and most cultivars say they arent hardy to zone 4 so i havent tried them....
i also have a contorted mulberry it suffers closer to 20-25% winter kill but to abundant quick growth in the spring its not a big issue and i think out winters are just to cold for it and the flower buds in the wood die and it never produces fruit here but its a cool looking bush that the grasshoppers refuse to eat so i think im going to keep it around, and who knows, if we get a mild winter one year i may get fruit...
both plants are from One Green World originally and if anyone has successfully fruited other good tasting mulberry varieties in zone 4 i would really be interested....
northeast Montana, zone 3 or 4
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