About weeping mulberry trees

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About weeping mulberry trees
(Mulberry Fruit Tree Photo by B. Navez, Wikimedia Commons)

Knowing about specialised trees before planting gives you an idea of how they will look, where the best places for them are and if they are right for you. Weeping mulberry trees come in an abundance of varieties in both male and female types. Mulberry trees come in different colours and also in fruitful and fruitless varieties. Learning more about each type can help you decide what weeping mulberry is right for your landscape.

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History

Weeping mulberry trees are deciduous in nature which means that seasonally they will lose their leaves. These trees grow wildly through out North America and Asia. The mulberry tree is food for silk worms and were used in the cultivation and raising of these worms for silk production. In North America raising silk worms lost popularity and so did the cultivation of the fruits from the fruit bearing mulberry trees. Since the fruit from the trees could not be kept long or shipped the most common type of mulberry tree is the fruitless variety.

Size

The size of a weeping mulberry tree can be quite vast. This tree has a short, sturdy trunk with a wide crown of branches at its peak. A range of sizes from 20 to 60 feet can be expected with the mulberry tree. Each tree will have bright green lobed leaves when it blooms. These leaves will fall off in the fall season to renew in the spring. A white mulberry tree can get up to 50 feet tall with pink, white and purplish berries that are extremely sweet.

Features

At its full maturity a weeping mulberry tree offers shade from the way the branches weep. The branches grow up and out then bend gently toward the ground. This give the tree its weeping name. After four of five years of growth the female variety of mulberry will bear fruit berries. The type of mulberry tree will determine the colour of berries that bloom. White mulberries produces the pink, white and purplish variety of berries and the red mulberry tree produces dark red and purple berries. Black mulberry trees are rarer to come by.

Types

As mentioned before there are a variety of weeping mulberry trees to chose from for landscaping. The most common are the fruitless variety which are male in gender. These male mulberry trees are named "Stribling","Kingan" and "Urban." Green leaves spread across the branches which bend towards the ground creating an inner cavern around the trees trunk. "Pendula" is the female variety of white mulberry that produces berry fruits on its weeping branches. White mulberry trees are the easiest to grown just about anywhere. The black mulberry tree needs warmer climates to grow well.

Considerations

Weeping mulberry trees need sunlight to grow so they should be planted where there is very little shade. They also need lots of water for the first two years of growth as they are very thirsty trees. They should not be planted to close to homes, sidewalks or driveways as the roots can lift and crack the concrete causing terrible damage to property. A weeping mulberry tree planted in a large sunlit open space should be staked as they get top heavy the first few years. Mulberry trees like water, heat and tolerate any kind of soil. These trees are long-lasting and often rejuvenate themselves from dormant buds near the tree base.

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