Thursday, 30 October 2014

The red Mulberry - an introduction

a rarity - Morus rubra, the so-called 'Red Mulberry' This asiatic species is rarely encountered in English gardens but we have a nice specimen just beginning to mature. It's fruits are between the white and black in character and flavour. Ripening to a deep red, the taste is intense but sweet enough for dessert and looks sensational simmered and drizzled over vanilla ice cream! It also makes a startlingly lively jam. I feel privileged to have been able to sample these delectable fruits this summer.
This is a slow growing tree with handsome leaves and would likely do well in a large pot. Our tree took 7 years to start fruiting and this would be shortened perhaps by a couple of years if containerised which usually encourages earlier fruiting.
We have no stock for sale at present but began propagating last year so hopefully - soon!

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