Mulberry Tree (Morus 'Illinois Everbearing')

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet or more
Plant Spread: 20 to 30 feet or more
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Fermented
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-05-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-05-29
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Location: Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11delicious mature fruit in hand and some leaves
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Location: Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11mature tree
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Location: Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11mature tree
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Location: Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11mature dark fruit
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Location: Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11foliage
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Comments:
Posted by psa (Richland, WA - Zone 7a) on Aug 20, 2015 3:02 AM

Heavy bearer of large, sweet, flavorful fruit from May through July here. Tough, cold hardy, tolerant of poor soil and drought. Really an excellent tree.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 12, 2019 7:47 PM

I visited a friend who owns a big property in southeast Pennsylvania who is practicing permaculture, a food forest, biochar, and having a nursery for fruit and nut plants. He has two mature Illinois Everbearing Mulberry trees that were bearing their 1.5 inch long dark red fruit in mid-June 2019. The fruit is delicious! The cultivar came from a natural cross between a Common (White) (Chinese) Mulberry and an American Red Mulberry. The fruit looks like the American species. The leaves look more like the Asian species, being basically smooth and shiny on top, though with less leaves being lobed like the Asian species.

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