Mulberry trees

i would very much like to plant a mulberry tree; however, I have read that it could take between 7 to 9 years before fruiting.  Is there any way this could be speeded up by, say, keeping it shrub size and different pruning methods?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,987

    I should think the time to fruiting depends on the age of the plant. Can you afford a large mature specimen?image

  • Lynn DLynn D Posts: 32

    I have looked at some websites, but they are rather vague. There was one that offered two types: one for £15 and one for £45 (which was described as feathered). I don't know what that means. It sounds as if it could be a more mature tree.

  • It sounds like the £15 one will be a one year old whip and the £45 one will be a 2-3 year old specimen with a branch structure already forming! as nut says if you can afford a mature specimen then you'll achieve your dream of fruit a lot quicker, have a look for specialist nurseries and they should be able to give you more advice

  • Lynn DLynn D Posts: 32

    If I buy a 2-3 year old specimen, presumably I will stil have a few years to wait. Will just have to be patient. Thanks Rhod and nutcutlet for the advice.

  • https://www.barcham.co.uk/products/morus-nigra this looks promising although more expensive, I've visited the nursery in the last year whilst at college and the stock all looked great.

  • Lynn DLynn D Posts: 32

    Thanks Rhod, that does look promising. I will look into this site and perhaps contact them tomorrow or Monday. See what the say. Thanks again. 

  • roxy2roxy2 Posts: 23

    I live part-time in France and unfortunately near a mulberry tree, it is about 50 feet high so make sure you have enough space and tolerant neighbours. It also gives off hideous amounts of pollen. I would urge you to do lots of research before buying.

  • Lynn DLynn D Posts: 32

    Really, I didn't think they got that big! Might have a rethink about all this. Thank you roxy2

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,987

    The other thing they do is drop fruit that stains everything underneathimage, OK on the garden or grass, not so good on patio or gravel

  • Lynn DLynn D Posts: 32

    Having considered all your comments, I have now decided to abandon that idea.  i appreciate all the help. Thank you once again.

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