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Morus nigra

Black mulberry

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Light green





Skill level


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Plant details

Morus nigra is grown for its delicious, slightly acidic raspberry-like fruit, mulberries. It is a deciduous tree with heart-shaped leaves and inconspicuous flowers in late spring. The fruit, green at first, turns red then a deep, dark purple in late summer when it is ready to be picked. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun and shelter from cold, drying winds. Prune trees in late autumn or early winter as the trees 'bleed' at other times of the year. Morus nigra has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Moraceae

Genus: Morus

Species: nigra

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1200cm

Spread: 1500cm

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