[NAFEX] Mulberry trees

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 09:32:08 EDT 2010


Perhaps the easiest thing would be to sow seeds. I imagine that being
the only mulberry tree around, the seeds would come quite true to
type. In my experience, mulberry seedlings don't vary a whole lot from
parents, unless they are near several different types. The seedlings
grow fast and may fruit in 3-5 years. They are one of the easiest
trees I have grown from seed, germinating in large numbers without
stratification, and even little 6" seedlings planted in sod will
compete well and make good growth quickly.

And then you could graft onto them once they were big enough, if you
determined that the parent was better in some way.

Never done cuttings myself.

-matt demmon
z5 se Michigan

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Hélène Dessureault
<interverbis at videotron.ca> wrote:
> 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)
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> 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
>  (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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