Black Mulberry, Morus nigra, Tree Seeds (Hardy, Edible)

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Black Mulberry, Morus nigra, Tree Seeds

Hardy, Adaptable, Edible Fruit, Attracts Birds, Wildlife Food, Long Lived, Shade Tree, Drought, Salt and Wind Tolerant, Bonsai

The Black Mulberry is an ornamental as well as a fruit bearing tree. It has a crooked, wide-spreading habit; dark red, purple or black fruit, at 1 inch, the largest of the genus.

The Black Mulberry is a medium sized deciduous tree usually only to 20 to 30 feet, but can reach 70 feet. Trees are known to be very long lived and can bear fruit for several hundred years. Mulberry trees are either dioecious or monoecious and sometimes will change from one sex to another. The flowers are held on short, green, pendulous, nondescript catkins that appear in the axils of the current season's growth and on spurs on older wood. They are wind pollinated and some cultivars will set fruit without any pollination. Cross-pollination is not necessary. Mulberries prefer deep, rich soils, but they will tolerate thin gravelly soil, rocky slopes, dry sites and other difficult areas, such as wet or alkaline soils. For this reason, they can be used for erosion control. They produce reliably in frost pockets and exposed areas. Mulberries need full sun, but otherwise, are one of the least "fussy" of the fruit trees.

Although they appear so, fruits are not true berries but an aggregate. The berry-like fruit have a unique tart-sweet taste. The Black Mulberry is generally considered the best tasting of the various Mulberry species. The berries can be eaten out of hand or used in any way that other berries are used, such as in pies, tarts, puddings or sweetened and pureed as a sauce. Slightly unripe fruits are best for making pies and tarts. Mulberries blend well with other fruits, especially pears and apples. They can also be made into wine and make an excellent dried fruit, especially the black varieties. Birds are also attracted to the fruits in large numbers; in fact, some people plant mulberries near their cherry trees, since the birds are reputed to enjoy the Mulberries even more.

Other Names: Black Mulberry

Zone: 6 to 10

Hardiness: Trees are hardy to about 10-20F (it varies tree to tree).

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate

Plant Type: Medium sized deciduous fruiting tree
Family: Moraceae

Native Range: Western Asia. It has been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years.
Height: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Variable in form, including drooping and pyramidal

Bloom Time: Early spring
Bloom Color: Green, white
Flower/Fruit: Male and female catkins are 1 to 3 inches long, the male flowers being narrower. Dark red, purple, or black fruit to 1 inch

Sun: Full Sun
Fall Color: Yellow

Drought Tolerance: Mildly drought tolerant, but water should be provided during long dry spells.

Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Site Requirements/ Soil Tolerances: Trees are fairly adaptable, but grow well in deep, moist soils. Fertilization is generally unnecessary. Mulberries need full sun and also adequate space. The distance between trees should be at least 15 feet. The trees should not be planted near a sidewalk. The fallen fruit will not only stain the walkway, but are likely to be tracked indoors. The trees are quite wind resistant.

Culture: A mulberry tree can be kept to a tidy form by developing a set of main branches. It is not advisable to prune the trees heavily since the plant is inclined to bleed at the cuts. Cuts of more than two inches in diameter generally do not heal and should be avoided at all cost. The bleeding will be less severe if the tree is pruned while it is dormant.

Uses: Fruits are eaten fresh or can be used just like any berry.

Harvest Time:  July through September.

For more information on Mulberries please try the following link:

Sowing Morus nigra Seeds:

The seeds of Black Mulberry are very small.

For best results, please follow the instructions in the order provided.

Scarify:Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours

Stratify: Cold 60 days, 40 Degrees F in a Moist Medium.

Germination: Surface sow indoors. Requires light for germination.

For more information about seed pretreatment and growing trees and shrubs from seed, please try the following links:$file/fcpg018.pdf


  1. Seeds Packets are labeled with seed name and sowing details.
  2. Seeds have not been pretreated unless specified in the listing.
  3. Seed is not a specific Cultivar (Variety) unless specified in the listing.
  4. Due to the many factors involved in successful germination, Seller cannot be responsible for buyers growing methods or mistakes.
  5. I have provided what I believe to be a good overview on this page (which you are free to print for further reference), however, it is still recommended to check specialist literature for more details and practices specific to your climate and soil conditions to avoid mistakes in the germination and growing process.

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