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Questions about Mulberry Trees

Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:42 pm
by kbrabble
I just got several mulberry trees. They were grown at a local nursery in pots, are between six and seven feet tall, and the trunks are very skinny. Otherwise, they appear in good health, and are not root-bound. My question is in regards to planting them. The trunks are very long and flimsy. Should I just plant them as is, should they be staked to keep them from bending, or should they be cut back and allowed to regrow? I have never planted trees this skinny/tall and want them to do good. Any advice would be appreciated. By the way, one type is labelled as ever bearing, and the other as black mulberry.


Re: Questions about Mulberry Trees

Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 1:44 am
by hendi_alex
I planted an Illinois everbearing mulberry tree about four years ago. The tree was fairly spindly so we did drive a support into the ground and attached the tree to it. As far as pruning, it is always o.k. to prune up to about 1/3 of the top growth. This will help the root growth catch up plus will encourage the young tree to spread.

Be careful where you plant a mulberry tree as the birds will eat the fruit and will release a downpour of purple waste bombs that will cause problems if they are dropped on structures or vehicles.

Re: Questions about Mulberry Trees

Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 6:08 pm
by kbrabble
Thanks for the advice, and the warning! These are being planted on several local birding trails because they are such bird magnets. I think I will cut some of the tops off to avoid having to use any kind of support.