Weeping Mulberry

A Brief Overview of the Weeping Mulberry Tree

The weeping mulberry is a deciduous tree that is available in several variations. Although once used as a food source in North America for the silkworm industry, these trees now grow in the wild and are used primarily in landscaping for shade and aesthetic purposes only. If you are looking for a large tree to round out your landscaping design, or simply a lover of interesting tree species, this article contains several pieces of information regarding the weeping mulberry.

Physical Description

The physical descriptions for these trees vary, depending on type. As the name would suggest, however, the weeping mulberry features several branches that reach up and eventually arc over and head to the ground, similar to the weeping willow tree. The weeping branches make these trees ideal shade trees, and many people favor the haunting beauty that the branches offer.

Size is another common feature among the different varieties of weeping mulberries. All of the variations feature short, stocky trunks with branches that spread out very wide at the top. They can grow to be incredibly tall, even up to 60 feet for some varieties. Most varieties, such as the white mulberry tree, have a top height of 50 feet.

The leaves of these trees are a bright, pleasant shade of green and are lobed during the blooming season. Since this tree is deciduous, these leaves fall off during the autumn, only to return again the following spring.

Types

There are several types of weeping mulberry trees. Male and female varieties are available, determining whether the trees are fruitless or fruit-bearing. In addition to these large demographics, the trees can be further classified by the color of their fruit.

White weeping mulberries feature fruit that is extremely sweet to taste and come in white, pink, and purplish colors. This variety is also the most commonly grown of all of them, primarily because it is the easiest of the types to grow and has delicious berries.

Red weeping mulberries aren’t quite as popular as the white variety, but still produce a fair amount of berries and can attract fauna to your garden or yard. The berries tend to be dark in color, usually a very dark red or purple.

Black mulberries are the rarest of the three color types. Although still hardy, these trees require a warmer climate zone than their white and red counterparts. As guessed, the fruit on this variety of tree is black and deep, deep purple.

Planting Tips

Although these trees are fairly hardy, there are some special considerations to be made. For starters, it may take a few years for female trees to actually bear fruit. If you buy a young sapling, do not expect it to bear fruit for quite some time.

 

Like most trees with weeping branches, weeping mulberries crave water, particularly the first two years after planting or transplanting. This can cause a concern for some, since the root systems have a habit of finding water pipes. Make sure that you keep it well-watered to prevent this for the first year or two. Water requirements are balanced out by the tree’s soil requirements. Unlike many trees, these beauties do not require a particular type of soil to thrive in. Simply make sure that they have ample sunlight and are not placed too close to buildings or sidewalks, as the roots may break surface and crack concrete.

Despite this, the weeping mulberry is a beautiful tree that can add a sense of mystery and intrigue to a carefully planned landscaping design. Contact your local nursery or garden superstore if you are interested in purchasing one.