New fruiting mulberry shade tree pruning/training help?

thisisme(az9b)April 28, 2013

I just planted two fruiting mulberries. I have a mulberry already that I'm growing in a bush from. These two fruiting mulberries are going to double a shade trees. I'm used to growing small fruiting trees but have never grown a large mulberry before. I've been told that in Arizona its not uncommon for a mulberry to grow ten plus feet its first year. Of this I have no doubt. The mulberry bush in my yard is a beast that must be pruned back three times a year.

So now to my question......

If I let these two trees grow. Pruning with only thinning cuts the first year and the new branches from this 1" diameter 5' tall branchless whip grow 10'-18'. Will the branches be strong enough to withstand the test of time? Or should I be using heading cuts every 2'-3' to slow down the rate of growth and strengthen the branches?

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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

I'm no expert. But my mulberry easily puts on 10'-15' of growth per year. The biggest problem i've seen with bigger limbs is rotting from open wounds, but this thing is an old beast of a tree. Makes magnificent shade. It's a male, and only recently grafted with fruiting varieties.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 5:33AM
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