Mulberries!

davidcalgary29(2b)December 31, 2012

Has anyone had success growing mulberries in our region? I successfully overwintered two saplings last winter, but they both suffered winterkill to the snowline. I'm trying better protection this year but expect that I'll still suffer significant losses. I dearly love the fruit, but haven't seen any other bushes/trees on the prairies.

I'm currently on vacation in the Bahamas and recently discovered (and enjoyed) a very large bush on a vacant property. This genus must be a near record for the greatest north-south range for a fruiting bush/tree (pic is of the island bush).

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CLBlakey

You poor thing having to endure the harsh sunshine LOL Hope you are having a good time - PS I know nothing about mulberries but did look at them this morning on-line.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 5:26PM
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don555(3a)

Good luck with them, but I think that's going to be a tough one. I have eaten mulberries from small trees in the Okanagan valley and also along the St. Lawrence River in southeastern Ontario, but those are probably both zone 6 locations. I've never heard of anyone growing them in Alberta... well, now I have, you're the first! :) Be sure to let us know how they come through this winter, they might get hardier as they get better established.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 11:25PM
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Collin001

The furthest range I've seen listed is 3b on the Russian Tatarica strain. The common one Morus alba is listed 4a. Whatever you do I'd try to plant it in a protected spot. Good luck and keep us posted.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 12:57AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I have two trees for about 10 years now, ..got them as very small saplings from a eastern nursery. They keep freezing back but gain in height from year to year. Now, one is about 3 foot tall and I'm thinking to graft on these some day. The cultivar is not much of a good producing berry,..just a rootstock.

Over 10 years ago I visited somebody in Edmonton who had a tree about 6 feet tall and producing berries. Not sure what append in the meantime with this tree.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 8:33PM
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RpR_(3-4)

I am in mid-Minn., in the nineties we had -40 F three times, and I have forty foot, multiple trunk Mulberry growing outside, across from the front-door.

It is too big for me to ever get any berries but I see them laying on the patio often.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 6:31PM
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cdnfruit(1)

My sister grew one in 2 years to over 10 feet tall in Mississauga, ON. The first winter, we kept it indoors. I will be trying to grow one in Northern Saskatchewan this year.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 11:16PM
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Collin001

Konrad, the strain I heard to try is Montreal Black at 3b both as a grafted tree rated 4a and as a seedling on its own roots. I'm thinking ungrafted trees might display an advantage in the cold.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Collin!
Been doing a bit of winter searching when I came to this thread again.
Montreal Black..
Zone 4 a, might just try,..pretty expensive at Green Barn!
Any other source or someone willing in trading scion wood?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 11:49PM
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mbfarmboy(2b)

I planted a Russian mulberry here in Western Manitoba in 2011 and with 30" of rain that summer it barely leafed out and I thought it was toast. However it leafed out in 2012 and in 2013 it grew to over 6' tall. I've given it no special attention and hopefully it survived this really cold winter we had.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 10:14AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Sounds good farmboy,..please let us know how much it froze back ones it will sprout out,..how are the fruits supposed to be on this one?

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:23PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

delete double post

This post was edited by konrad___far_north on Mon, Mar 10, 14 at 19:26

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:25PM
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runswithscissors(MT 4/5)

I planted an alba last spring. It looks as if it made it through the winter just fine, but obviously I'm in a warmer zone. I'm curious how this will turn out. (I chose the white because the description said it doesn't attract as many birds, the fruit doesn't stain, and the tree itself is not quite as gigantic as the purples. We'll see. Good luck with yours.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 2:44PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just got my Montreal black in yesterday, but now I don't think it is Montreal black since it has no graft, I suspect they sent me a seedling?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 11:27AM
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twrosz

Yes, likely a seedlling or possibly grown from a cutting? What other plants had you also received?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 3:03PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just got a answer and saying from cuttings,..the only tree which
looks like is healthy,...the rest of the 9 are BAD!...for sure some are DEAD!

Please, do not buy from Green Barn Nursery!

>>What other plants had you also received?A story in it self! see link

Here is a link that might be useful: Got my tree order in...think some were shipped dead!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 1:22PM
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