Mulberry tree

drmeow3(z9 AZ)August 22, 2005

Hi all,

I have a mature Mulberry Tree (I think VERY mature) in my front yard. I want to convert the part of the yard it is in to xeriscape and the Mulberry doesn't fit (I want to replace it with an Ironwood). However, I hate to just tear it out and kill it - it seems such a waste. Is it possible to salvage this tree and transplant it somewhere else? Would the cost even be worth it?



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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Highly doubtful if it's over 5' tall or so. I wouldn't worry too much about it - they grow like weeds around here (quite literally, I treat the myriads I find in my yard to Round-up about every other week) and the males produce pollen that some people are quite allergic to. The females feed birds (which isn't a bad thing) that then go and spread purple poo everywhere they go.

Ironwoods, on the other hand, are really nice trees. Shall I tell you how I really feel?


    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:14PM
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Easygoing(Sunset zone 13)

I'm getting ready to have a huge Mulberry tree pulled out of my yard. Just got a quote on Friday. It will be $400. That inlcudeds cutting it down and grinding down the stump. I've hated this tree since the day I bought the house. Why I didn't pull it out then I will never know. It would have been much cheaper, and it was much smaller. It just puts to much shade on my roses.


    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:29PM
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Speaking of mulberry trees, I notice some have a closed leaf and some have an open leaf (looks like a hand), does this indicate male/female or are they just defferent varieties? I see bottle trees have a wide variety of leaf shapes, are mullberries the same? I have a weed mullberry and am curious as to whether it's male or female, guess I'll have to wait until it matures...more. I might even *BUY* a good self polinating variety. (shhhh, don't tell anyone!)
My goats and tortoises LOVE the leaves!


    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:43PM
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dirt_dew(z9 az)

Transplant mulberry trees in February when they are dormant.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 11:04PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Kev, the leaf shape is totally variable when they're young, it's close to impossible to tell. I have noticed that the male's seem to have a fuzzy-ish leaf whereas the females are glossy and dark - but that might come around later on, too.

Anytime you want to bring your goat on over for a nice lunch, you let me know. Until then, it's Roundup for those puppies!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 11:47PM
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Where can I find/buy a mulberry tree?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 6:17AM
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AZRFG's will be selling them March 22, 2014: Oscar's (yum!) and Pakistan varieties...maybe others. Female, self fruiting.

The AZRFG Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, March 22nd 2014, 8am - 1pm
Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

Baker's has the Black Beauty Fruiting mulberry for sale now. Very small tree. Don't know much else about it.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 2:39PM
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Get a chain saw and saw it down. Saw up the remaining branches let dry and use in an out door fire place works great. Shovel out the dirt @ the base of the tree and cut it again off lower than the soil, put stump kill on it. May need to re-apply. When good and dead just cover with dirt.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 5:37PM
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We had a huge male mulberry at our last house, big enough that both of our boys built treehouses in it at various times. We could sit by the kitchen window and see the puffs of pollen as they exploded and drifted off into the sunset.

We had a mulberry fruit tree in Michigan, along with purple bird poop on everything.

Don't buy it.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 5:45PM
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I've got a "Silk Hope" Mulberry on the way. I hope it can deal with the high desert.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 12:13AM
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I bet Silk Hope will do fine here.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 2:40PM
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