White Mulberry Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Toronto, ON
Question by msalimi
September 18, 1999
Once in a neighbohood I saw a weeping white mulberry tree. The appearnce of the tree was identical to red or back weeping mulberry tree except that its fruit was white. I have inquired from a number of local nurseries and they never have seen or heard of a weeping white mulberry tree. My conclusion is that weeping white mulberry is not marketed (for some reason), however I know that it exists since I have seen one and even tasted the white ripe and sweet fruits.
Please let me know how to transfer a regular white mulberry tree to a weeping one.


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Answer from NGA
September 18, 1999

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White Mulberry, is Morus alba. This Asian native is deciduous, with broadly oval leaves 3-5 inches long. In its native habitat, it is cultivated for it leaves for use as food for silkworms. The sweet fruit is usually white, though sometimes pink, and is 1 3/4 inches long.

'Pendula' or 'Teas Weeping' are weeping varieties that stay compact.

Fruitless varieties have been developed, but have been banned in some communities because of the heavy pollen they produce. Nonetheless, they are well adapted to temperature extremes, poor soils and drought, growing quickly and producing deep shade. Drought tolerant once established. Roots can be shallow and invasive.

Height to 50 feet. If it makes any difference, the fruits are edible, but tasteless.

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