Pakistan Mulberry Tree
Scientific Name: Morus macroura
History/general species info: The original Pakistan Mulberry cuttings that were brought into the US were from Islamabad. The Pakistan Mulberry tree has been known to live for hundreds of years in Pakistan and Asia Minor. Silkworms only eat fresh mulberry leaves. Pakistan Mulberry is also known as the Himalayan Mulberry and Shatoot.
Characteristics: Touted as the queen of mulberries due to its incredibly large 4″ long deep purple fruits. Mulberry fruit resembles a Blackberry and is delicious eaten fresh and can be dried for tasty winter snacks. Early summer harvest. Disease resistant. Protect from late freezes once it leafs out; best suited for warmer areas.
Flower: yes, yellowish green
Planting / Care: Full sun. Successfully establishing a young fruit tree starts with your planting site and method. Once a fruit tree is established, it needs little assistance to grow and bear fruit; but you’ll want to make sure you give your trees the right foundation. Prefer a soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and will grow on many soil types, as long as there is good drainage. Avoid areas that flood. Dig a hole twice as big and deep as the roots. Remove the plant from the pot; gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. Fill the planting hole with a mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. Do NOT fertilize at time of planting. No pruning is necessary at planting time. Once established do not fertilize more than twice a year, beginning in March and no later than July. Prune only when dormant. Mulberry trees are prone to bleeding. Cuts over 2” in diameter should be avoided because they will most likely not heal. This will also leave your tree susceptible to fungi and disease. Mulberry trees should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for optimal growth and fruit production. In dry spells be sure to soak the entire root. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off.
Size and Spacing: 15’-30’ tall and wide
Pollinator needed to bear fruit: self-pollinating
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