Berry-like fruit with a unique tart-sweet taste. The black mulberry is generally considered the best tasting of the various mulberry species.
Description: Medium sized deciduous tree usually only to 20-30ft, but can reach 70ft. Trees are known to be very long lived and can bear fruit for several hundred years.
Hardiness: Trees are hardy to about 10-20F (it varies tree to tree).
Growing Environment: Trees are fairly adaptable, but grow well in deep, moist soils. Fertilization is generally unnecessary. Grow in full sun Although they appear so, fruits are not true berries but an aggregate. Mildly drought tolerant, but water should be provided during long dry spells.
Propagation: Usually by seed, which can take several years to bear.
Uses: Fruits are eaten fresh or can be used just like any berry.
Native Range: Native to western Asia. It has been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years.