Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mulberry Trees: Fast Growers

Our Mulberry trees are coming along very nicely. They apparently do grow very fast when juveniles and slow down as they age stopping at about 10-15m. As you can see from the photos ours are already 8m after less than two years. They are already fruiting as well much to the boys' delight.

We have Asian Mulberries and their fruit is sweet and a deep purple. Mulberry leaves are ecologically important as the sole food source of the silkworm as well!
"Worldwide, mulberry is grown for its fruit. In traditional and folk medicine, the fruit is believed to have medicinal properties and is used for making jam, wine, and other food products. As the genera Morus has been domesticated over thousands of years and constantly been subjected to heterosis breeding (mainly for improving leaf yield), it is possible to hybridize breeds suitable for berry production." - Wiki

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