The Mulberry is a member of the Moraceae family, which includes the fig, breadfruit and sassafras trees. While numerous Mulberry species grow as shrubs, the large, fruit-bearing tree species provide superior value in their ornamental leaf characteristics as well as plentiful yields.
Listed below are the numerous Mulberry tree varieties available from California Tropical, many of which can be purchased in large/mature sizes that are already producing fruit in quantity.
Native to Southwestern Asia, the Black Persian Mulberry has been cultivated for so long that its natural origin is unknown. Used throughout Persia for jams and sherbets, this tree’s berries are dark purple and 2 to 3 cm when ripe.
This fine fruit can be eaten red, when it tastes more raspberry-like, or when it turns black and exhudes a deeper, richer blackberry flavo. Exotic, sweet and delicious, the Oscar Mulberry is popular in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Originating in Islamabad, Pakistan, this juicy, very sweet 2.5 to 5 in. long berry has a raspberry-like flavor. Despite its deep color, the juice of the Pakistan Mulberry does not stain. The tree is easily identified by its heart-shaped leaves, and the berries are firmer than other mulberries.
Blooming with yellow flowers in late winter through early spring, the Weeping Tea Mulberry tree requires full to partial sunlight. It creates an interesting and romantic “Alice in Wonderland” embiance, and its blackberry-like fruit evokes the fondness of numerous birds.
This variety of Mulberry tree grows quickly in full sun and is a great provider of shade. A strong winter deciduous fruit tree, it features large heart-shaped leaves that drop in the fall for winter dormancy. Pakistan White Mulberries are 3 to 4 inches and greenish-yellow in color, with a sweet and delicious flavor similar to honey.
An attractive, small tree with dark green, tropical foliage, the Persian White Mulberry typically bears fruit at 2 to 3 years of growth. Its whitish-pink fruit is sometimes referred to as “nature’s candy” due to its highly sweet characteristics. Delicious when eaten freshly picked, Persian White Mulberries are also excellent when dried.