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'King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra

An old English variety with a royal pedigree
King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees
King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees
King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees
'King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees
King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees
King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra Fruit Trees

Mulberry Tree

    • A spreading, medium sized tree with heart shaped foliage which starts off bright green and turns golden yellow in autumn
    • Produces large crops of succulent dark red mulberries with a superior flavour
    • Harvest between August and September
    • Small fluffy green catkins add extra interest in May and June
    • A fully hardy, self fertile tree which requires very little maintenance
    • This mulberry is descended from the last remaining tree that was planted during the reign of King James I, at what is now known as the Chelsea Physic Garden. The original tree no longer stands (it was felled to make way for an air raid shelter in the Second World War), but fortunately cuttings were taken, and this is one of its descendents
    • Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit

'King James' Mulberry Tree | Morus nigra

An old English variety with a royal pedigree
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Mulberry Tree

    • A spreading, medium sized tree with heart shaped foliage which starts off bright green and turns golden yellow in autumn
    • Produces large crops of succulent dark red mulberries with a superior flavour
    • Harvest between August and September
    • Small fluffy green catkins add extra interest in May and June
    • A fully hardy, self fertile tree which requires very little maintenance
    • This mulberry is descended from the last remaining tree that was planted during the reign of King James I, at what is now known as the Chelsea Physic Garden. The original tree no longer stands (it was felled to make way for an air raid shelter in the Second World War), but fortunately cuttings were taken, and this is one of its descendents
    • Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit

what to expect

Supplied as:

3L Poly-Pot
This tree is supplied in a 3L Poly-Pot. Poly-Pots use 70% less plastic than traditional pots and can be recycled.
9L poly-pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Poly-Pot, which is approx D15 x H30cm. Poly-Pots use 70% less plastic than traditional pots and can be recycled. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.

Height on arrival:

60-90cm
Your tree will arrive at a height between 60-90cm including pot

Eventual height:

Eventual spread:

10m
Spreads up to 10m

Tasting notes:

Rich and succulent flavour

Time to first crop:

Grows to approx 10m in 10 years unless pruned
2 years

Habit:

Upright, bushy
An upright tree with a bushy habit

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
No winter protection necessary

Self fertile:

Self fertile
Does not need a pollination partner, producing good crops from just one tree

Uses:

Eat fresh or make jam, smoothies, cobblers, dessert sauces and mulberry wine

Rootstock:

Spacing:

4m
Plant at least 4m apart to allow for spreading

how to grow

Good pest and disease resistance

Generally very resistant to pests and diseases. Watch out for mulberry leaf spot - it looks like irregular brown or black spots on the leaves and can affect the fruit yield. Treat by pruning out affected branches and disposing in the general waste, not compost.

Water well when first planted

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Full sun

Prefers a sheltered spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight daily

Any fertile, well-drained soil

Prefers fertile well draining soil. Can also tolerate clay soil but you will need to take some steps to improve drainage, such as mixing in fine horticultural grit or perlite to the surrounding soil when planting.

No feeding required

This tree gets all the nutrients it needs from the soil https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300929

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