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?
I should think the time to fruiting depends on the age of the plant. Can you afford a large mature specimen?
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
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.
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.
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.
Really, I didn't think they got that big! Might have a rethink about all this. Thank you roxy2
The other thing they do is drop fruit that stains everything underneath, OK on the garden or grass, not so good on patio or gravel
Having considered all your comments, I have now decided to abandon that idea. i appreciate all the help. Thank you once again.