General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 30 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 20 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Topiary
Uses: Erosion control
Guardian plant
Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Common names
  • Persian Mulberry
  • Black Mulberry
  • Toot Tree
  • Siyah Toot

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 8, 2019 10:42 AM concerning plant:
    This Black Mulberry is native to western Asia. I have seen some cheap mail order nurseries offer Black or Russian Mulberry in the US, but I have never seen one. This is the mulberry species found grown in northern Europe. It is similar to the White Mulberry but with a more compact growth habit, to 30 feet high. The leaves are darker, with more blunt marginal teeth, and with some velvety down beneath the leaves. The 1 inch long fruit clusters are usually black, but can be dark red.
  • Posted by KAMasud (Alpha Centauri - Zone 9a) on Dec 2, 2012 2:31 AM concerning plant:
    The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines, cordials and tea. Should be kept pruned to a height of six feet.

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