The Q&A Archives: Weeping Mulberry

Question: I wanted a small tree for the front of my house. A weeping mulberry seems perfect. However, the tag says may reach 15' high, 15' wide. I've never seen one that large.
If I plant it in a large flower bed at the front of the house facing east, will it become too large or can I control it by pruning? If so, can you give me some pruning tips? The tag says Weeping Mulberry, morus alba 'Pendula'.
I would appreciate any information you could give me on growing this tree.

Answer: Morus alba 'Pendula' produces pendulous branches and gnarled, twisted growth. It's interesting in the winter landscape when the branches can be easily seen. This cultivar of weeping mulberry grows 15'-20' high with an equal spread. Mulberry trees take well to hard pruning, but you may be fighting the tree for years to come if you want to keep it significantly smaller than its natural size. When a tree is stressed it's more likely to develop insect or disease problems. Here are a few suggestions for the site you describe. Perhaps one of them will make a suitable replacement for the weeping mulberry. Acer circinatum (Vine Maple), Cladrastis lutea (Yellow Wood), Pyrus (Ornamental Pear), Acacia, or Stewartia.

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